Video Interview: Drive Director Nicolas Winding Refn

By Perri Nemiroff 2011-09-15 14:13:51discussion comments
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Drive is a fairly intricate movie. The plot is simple enough Ė Ryan Gosling's Driver falls for Carey Mulligan's Irene, only to find out her family is being threatened by notorious mobsters. Goslingís character puts his superb driving skills to use to help keep Irene and her young son stay safe. But director Nicolas Winding Refn takes the piece a giant leap further, not only dousing Drive with a unique style and tone, but also with his incredible attention to detail. Everything in Drive has a reason; every element has a value and thatís something youíd think would require a great deal of preparation Ė but not for Refn.

In honor of the filmís September 16th release, Refn sat down to talk about his experience bringing James Sallisí book to life. Surprisingly, Refn isnít working with detailed script notes or even a shot list; elements went into this movie as they came to Refnís mind and a great deal of that happened in the midst of shooting. When weíre used to seeing filmmakers assemble features based on studio standards, something like Drive sticks out, for this isnít a piece that conforms to anyoneís preferences except Refnís. Hear more about his process in the video interview below.


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