Warden: 69 days, was it? 69 days all to yourself. Another of your prison records broken. So tell me, Charles Bronson, what exactly did you do with yourself for these 69 days.
For me it was important to show a film about a person that can be interpreted but not understood. The film is divided up into three sections. The first act is Charlie being on stage, in control, wanting to be perceived in a specific way, to see his life the way he wants it to be. In act two, he’s released and we begin to see Charlie in an alternate universe and his difficulties relating to reality. Not because he’s insane but because he lives in another world. Act 3, when he goes back to prison, we see the movie through the audience’s perception of him: is he crazy or is he not crazy? We see the transformation finalize itself at the end of the movie. In the final scene at the end of the film, when he mixes art and violence in the [prison] classroom. That is when the transformation has becomes complete. That’s why in a way, the movie has a happy ending because in the end he fulfills everything that he set out to achieve.
Nicolas Winding Refn
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