“My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn” shows the toll that filmmaking can take on directors

by Peter D. Marshall

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The hour-long film that Liv Corfixen has made about her husband, the 44-year-old Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, falls somewhere in between two earlier examples of the insider documentary.

It is nowhere near as comprehensive or compelling as Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Eleanor Coppola’s study of her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, when he was in the midst of the chaos and carnage and napalm-like blasts of egotism that characterised the production of Apocalypse Now.

Nor is it an exaggerated home movie like The Making of The Shining, shot by Vivian Kubrick as an 18-year-old on the set of her father’s horror masterpiece. It offers insights and curiosity value even for those viewers like myself who were left unconvinced by Refn’s most recent endeavours – the slick and silly Drive and the self-consciously opaque Only God Forgives, both of which benefited from, but could not be saved by, the soft unbroken gaze of Ryan Gosling.

Read the rest of this article from New Statesman.

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