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Refn Reflections

The films of Nicolas Winding Refn tend to be films about inner struggle. When relaying this to the audience, the Danish filmmaker often turns to reflections (most significantly in DRIVE and THE NEON DEMON). We see Julian in ONLY GOD FORGIVES unable to look his own reflection in the eye. We see the driver in DRIVE constantly burdened by his own reflection in his rear-view mirror. We see Jesse bombarded by mirrors and reflections in THE NEON DEMON, signifying the young model's decent into her superficial world. Here is a look at Refn's use of reflections in his films.

Films: FEAR X (2003) PUSHER II (2004) BRONSON (2008) VALHALLA RISING (2009) DRIVE (2011) ONLY GOD FORGIVES (2013) THE NEON DEMON (2016) Music: "Neon Demon" by Cliff Martinez "The Demon Dance" by Julian Winding "Jesse Sneaks into Her Room" by Cliff Martinez "Digital Versicolor" by Glass Candy

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Michael Fassbender - Natalie Portman - SONG TO SONG - Terrence MALICK

 

Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling

Song to Song

Terrence Malick 2017

 

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"SONG TO SONG. ...an associative freedom that makes almost all other movies look, by comparison, like the stodgiest vestiges of filmed theatre. (...) Within the shifting romantic triangle of “Song to Song,” Terrence Malick develops an overwhelming, rapturous variety of visual experience". "Malick makes art—his art—the subject of the film.... This seventy-three-year-old filmmaker looks to the heart of his own inspiration, his own impulses, and creates a cinema that, with the creative command of his own life experience, feels more exuberantly youthful than that of most Sundance phenoms."

Richard Brody / The New Yorker

 

 

POSITIF - Revue de Cinéma - Numéro 676, juin 2017 - Couverture : Natalie Portman - SONG TO SONG - Terrence MALICK

 

POSITIF - Revue de Cinéma - Numéro 676, juin 2017 - Couverture : Natalie Portman / MALICK

 

"Aucun film de Malick ne donnait à ce point un vertige troublant du réel saisi dans une perspective physique inédite. Corps abîmés, rockers ivres, errants ou violents, tatouages obsédants ou inquiétants, maisons délabrées, tout ce qui existe doit être source de contemplation.

La forme humaine est éloquente, à méditer, occasion de fulgurantes sensations de beauté. "L'Amour se trouve dans la forme humaine, divine", médite ainsi l'héroïne Faye (Rooney Mara), citant des vers de William Blake." (...)

"Voyageuse, éprise, inlassable, la caméra célèbre et révère les courbes des hanches, du bassin, le bas-ventre féminin, comme le Cantique des Cantiques (Song of Songs)". (...)

"La figure du jump cut et de l'association (segments discontinus d'une même scène ou émotion, lien flottant entre les plans) s'accomplit dans cette exploration de l'intermittence au sens proustien - l'examen microscopique des envies, des pulsions, des moments, des éclats et des éclipses des sentiments dont le regard plus vaste ne voit que les trajectoires". (...)

Pierre Berthomieu  :  Song to Song  J'ignorais que j'avais une âme  / POSITIF Revue de cinéma, juin 2017

 

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