The element of crime in Drive’s light

Is something from 2011 old news?

Is Drive old news?

Is the scene from Drive through the concreted-over L. A. River near Reseda old news?

There is so much love in Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles, and so much love in Drive’s Los Angeles. You wonder, being from the Great Lakes region, about that light. There is an element of crime to it. The perfect crime, committed in the perfect light. It’s no wonder that D. W. Griffith—while making movies for Thomas Edison’s Biograph films—traveled in 1910 from the home base in New Jersey to Los Angeles, and eventually to Hollywood, which would later become “Hollywood.” You could import a thousand miniature suns and never achieve the quality of light from these few minutes from Drive.

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