Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Violence of Tenderness: SHANE and DRIVE

I have a new essay up at Criminal Element about the thematic connection between the classic Alan Ladd western SHANE and the Ryan Gosling neo-noir DRIVE. If that seems like an odd association to make, consider the following: both films are variations on a well established tendency in genre films--the transmutation of a man's love for a woman into violence against another man.

Check out the essay here.

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