Are ‘Le Samouraï,’ ‘Drive,’ and ‘The Driver’ the Same Film?

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Ready for a thought experiment? Hop on the universe’s interspatial, multi-temporal highway, crank up some Hans Zimmer (or whatever floats your boat), and travel back in time.

Start your journey with Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (2011) and end with Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï (1967). Now, make a stop in the middle of the road, with Walter Hill’s The Driver (1978). Did you know that these three films have several important elements in common? Well, establishing certain parallels between Drive and The Driver may seem obvious, but what similarities do both of them have with Melville’s masterpiece? Lucky for you, we’ll find them in this video essay.

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