In an essay published by The Guardian, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher) has outlined the rationale behind his new service, bynwr.com, which begins streaming restored classics for free later this month.
Nicolas Winding Refn writes: “Cinema has become like Chinese food: it gives you cheap, instant pleasure, like an orgasm, but it’s not very healthy or interesting. The future must be different. I want it to be an uncontrolled place of beautiful chaos… A place of free speech and free access.”
“Over recent years, I’ve bought and had restored scores of old movies as a hobby. I wondered what to do with them. Then I realised I should share them for free, so I set up a website where they could be streamed. There’s no catch; you’re not being sold anything. Take it or leave it.”
“I hope my site will inspire people to see the world a different way… But nostalgia is artistic suicide. You have to accept the fact that everything disintegrates in your hands.”