Nicolas Winding Refn: Beauty and Brutality

by Nathan Shapiro

Nicholas Winding Refn has made a name for himself by being both a talented and divisive filmmaker. A common theme that emerged in reviews of Refn’s latest film, The Neon Demon (2016) is that it suffers from “style over substance.” In this video essay, Nathan Shapiro defends the film as a shocking yet meaningful look at one of the most hot-button topics in our society—body image.

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