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Drive: Shane for the new millennium

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In 1949, Jack Schaefer wrote a Western novel, Shane. The 1953 film, based on the book, starred Alan Ladd as a buckskin clad drifter who comes to the aid of a farmer and his family. We know little of Shane’s past. The way he handles a gun suggests it was violent. As we come to understand the drifter’s moral code, his past become less important than the choices he makes in the present. His motivation is suspect, but his intentions are good. In the end, in the manner of myths, Shane sacrifices his personal happiness to protect the status quo, disappearing into the horizon from which he emerged.

Exchange cars for horses and the farmer for an ex-con and you have Drive, a Ryan Gosling vehicle. Like Shane, Gosling’s character says little. All the acting is done with the eyes and body language. Like Shane, the innocence of the…

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