Saturday, May 1, 2021

KENNETH ANGER + NICOLAS WINDING REFN


I’m not a film analyst but most of the things we do nowadays, also in advertising, lead back to Kenneth Anger’s work - Nicolas Winding Refn


Scorpio Rising /
Hennessy XO 


The visual and thematic comparisons between Kenneth Anger and Nicolas Winding Refn seemed to stop at Drive for a lot of people…

Scorpio Rising /
Drive 

And I guess that makes sense considering the brief hold Drive had one everyone and everything over a decade ago. It was a momentary crossover/pop culture moment where everyone was infatuated with both Drive and Ryan Gosling (on a sidenote - I will say that one major reason I love Refn's follow-up so much is that he intentionally alienated casual fans by making a slow, droning unofficial anti-Drive sequel in the form of Only God Forgives).

Scorpio Rising will always be the go-to Anger film for casual film fans. But there’s so much more to Kenneth Anger’s influence on cinema…

After another revisit of Refn’s latest output (Too Old To Die Young), various interviews and YouTube videos (click here to watch the conversation between Refn & Anger), I realized that Kenneth Anger’s DNA has been all over Refn’s work before and after Drive. From the homoerotic imagery to the random spurts of violence - it's all there.

Below are a bunch of visual comparisons between the work of Kenneth Anger and the majority of Nicolas Winding Refn’s filmography which spans from Film & TV to commercials & advertisements.

Enjoy...


But the person I stole everything from to make the movie is Kenneth Anger. This is a combination of Scorpio Rising and Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome - Nicolas Winding Refn


Scorpio Rising /
Bronson 

Scorpio Rising /
Bronson 

Scorpio Rising /
Bronson 

Scorpio Rising /
Hennessy XO 

Scorpio Rising /
Hennessy XO 

Scorpio Rising / Too Old To Die Young

Fireworks / Too Old To Die Young

Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome / Bronson


Lucifer Rising / 
The Neon Demon

Lucifer Rising / 
The Neon Demon

Lucifer Rising / 
The Neon Demon

Lucifer Rising / 
The Neon Demon

Fireworks / 
Only God Forgives

Fireworks / 
Only God Forgives

Fireworks / 
Only God Forgives

Scorpio Rising/ 
Too Old To Die Young

Scorpio Rising/ 
Too Old To Die Young

Lucifer Rising /
Too Old To Die Young

Kustom Kar Kommandos / 
Drive

Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome / 
Fear X

Fireworks / 
Bleeder


Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome /
Drive

Fireworks / 
Only God Forgives


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