Like all art forms, film is a media as powerful as weapons of mass destruction; the only difference is that war destroys and film inspires.— Nicolas Winding Refn
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I feel that silence is the greatest word, ever.
When you don't talk, people begin to read things into you or you become what they long for. When you don't talk, you almost become the mirror image of the other person.
The problem with cinema nowadays is that it's a math problem.
People can read a film mathematically; they know when this comes or that comes; in about 30 minutes, it's going to be over and have an ending. So film has become a mathematical solution. And that is boring, because art is not mathematical.
I've never really been on a date, because I've been with the same girl since my early twenties, but on our first date, I showed her The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I was like, "Hey, you've got to see this!" And we've been together ever since.
I mean, what do you think creativity is? Nothing but self-indulgence.
And the more self-indulgent it is, the more interesting it becomes. So I think that part of creativity is also falling in love with your own narcissism: accepting it, using it as an asset.
Cinema is mass media, it is both overtly gross and exciting. It is our great mirror of society.
Creativity is narcissism. Creativity is falling in love with one's self as you create. It's self-indulgent.
In a way, art is a great way to release your love, fantasy, and desires.
It's like a fetish. It's a comfortable way of excising a lot of your conscience.
We live in a beauty-obsessed culture, which on one hand is absolutely fabulous, but on the flip side, is also dangerously extreme.
The idea of narcissism, essentially, is and will be accepted as a virtue.
The world needs change, change needs an activity. It has to be planted by a thought.
The power of art is as powerful as weapons of mass destruction;
it's just where war destroys, art inspires. But in order to inspire, you need to react to it. And, if it doesn't penetrate your mind, you can't react to it.
I wanted to make a horror film about beauty.
The Oriental approach to violence is a much more aesthetic and poetic approach, whereas in the western world, violence is put in because you can't solve the problem. Violence is always the last solution, but unfortunately, in cinema, it's the first solution, because it's easy. And it's often too easy.
[The Neon Demon] was more my own fascination with beauty. It's my children's fascination beauty.
I love films, I love movies, I love television, I love television series, I love the internet, I love anything that enhances images. But most of all, I love, love movies.
We have basic urges all the time. They just manifest themselves in different scenarios, and we have to turn those weaknesses into our strengths. Art is very much about making your weaknesses your strength.
I also believe on a practical level, if you're taking time away from people, besides entertaining them, I think it's important that there's something to react to.
I don't have to go very far to see the power of beauty.
Being desired, feeling desired is a very seductive aspect of our being.
I love rock ballads, and I'm kind of in emotional turmoil, being ill and high, so I start to sing to the song, I turn it up and start to sing.
For me, Amazon has stepped in and presented the future of entertainment.
Obviously, the future of entertainment is going to be on the internet.
Beauty is on one level pure surface, and on the other hand, it's the most complex subject that we can touch upon because it says everything about us as people. It's a subject we very quickly begin to argue about. I think that's so interesting.
Only God Forgives was very much a generation gap in a way.
It was all the youth of the world that embraced it. I make films for young people. That's what I will continue to do.
I don't know if power seduces less or more.
I think power is a constant evolving mechanism that, since the dawn of time, on one level corrupts and on another level does not. But I think, no matter what, mutates.
I've stopped showing actors what to actually do.
I rather just talk to them about it. Then I usually play music. That's a great way to convey inner emotion, bring the power of style and acting together. That's really what it is, very good acting without talking.
I've been trying to get away from physical violence;
it's too easy; it doesn't satisfy me artistically to work with it. Dramatic violence is much more interesting, but it's much more difficult.
The fairy tale always takes place in worlds that are between, unidentifiable.
My movie [The Neon Demon] is a hyper-version of the obsession with beauty.
As this crazy obsession grows, longevity does not. Everything seems to become younger and younger. The girls and people around them cannibalize themselves.
I consider it a great honour that my movie Drive inspired so many wonderful artists to come together and create one ultra-cool glam experience.
I think the idea of individualism has become more dominating in our society.
You can even see it by our political system: how people vote, the job situation, the sociological evolution that's happening, what's happening in the Middle East and so forth.
Creativity is very self-indulgent.
And to be fair, most documentaries are half an hour too long, anyway.
Let's not kid ourselves. Most movies are an hour too long. I will say that the internet has changed everything in terms of distribution and because of iTunes and other outlets like that, length is no longer something you really think about, in my opinion. It's irrelevant.
Abbey Lee was a very famous model and had great success.
She was very open about the negative aspects of that industry.
I'm a fetishist. I make films based on what I would like to see.
The minute you celebrate narcissism, which on one hand is very complex, it's very ridiculous. You have to love oneself with humor.
I'm a very feminine man. I like feminine things. I don't go to strip clubs. I don't drink beer. I don't play sports.
In a way "Drive" is probably the greatest superhero movie ever made.
Look at the birth of anything; it's always more violent than anything you could ever imagine.
I've done collaborations in all my movies, and I think it's part of what I enjoy about the process. This kind of intimacy that you create. Because it becomes very intimate.
In the end, self-indulgence is very much about your ego and your vanity and your own id. The more you can indulge in it, the more pleasurable it becomes. And then when it feeds out, it's able to penetrate the mind and create a reaction.
I don't drive because I failed eight times and never got my license.
The digital revolution is forever. They put importance on that option as well. With Amazon, you're getting the best of both worlds, with a whole new playing field.
I think everybody's looking for religion to believe in. I think we all need faith.
I love fear, and fear breeds creativity.
It forces you to react instinctively, which is the essence of movement. Movement is a creativity - a sense of an emotional movement. And the more instinctual you can make that, the more pleasurable it is. It's like an infant drawing. You're completely uninhibited because creativity is a wonderful expression. Good or bad, who cares? That's part of the past. The act of creativity is what's interesting.
I sometimes play different kinds of music to see where the performers end up.
I play one genre. Then something else when I do it again. It really helps.
I remember To Live And Die In L.A. I saw that in the cinemas when I was young in the '80s. I remember the poster. It's a great poster.
People very quickly define success due to the amount of money something makes.
In the end, I think everyone is searching for that experience. That's why we continue to go to the movies and watch television.
I try not to have too specific notions because it messes up the process later on. I leave it very open to interpretation until I start casting. Everything changes a lot when you start casting. I mean everything.
That's half of what we do our daily lives - we react to our surroundings.
Of course, we have to make it entertaining, and we are entertainers.
Doing your first film, it's very important that it's a commercial success, because that gives you a couple times to experiment until you have to hit the jackpot again.