Christopher Nolan

"Christopher Nolan has swiftly established himself as one of the brightest hopes for Hollywood storytelling as the movies enter their second century... A mainstream filmmaker with a left-field sensibility and a fascination with narrative, Nolan looks ideally placed to emulate the success of someone like Steven Soderbergh. He may go farther still." - Tom Charity (The Rough Guide to Film, 2007)

Christopher Nolan

Director / Screenwriter / Producer
(1970- ) Born July 30, London, England
21st Century's Top 50 Directors

Key Production Countries: USA, UK
Key Genres: Thriller, Post-Noir (Modern Noir), Psychological Thriller, Comic-Book Superhero Film, Crime, Crime Drama, Fantasy, Action
Key Collaborators: Wally Pfister (Cinematographer), Emma Thomas (Producer), Lee Smith (Editor), Michael Caine (Leading Character Actor), Nathan Crowley (Production Designer), Christian Bale (Leading Actor), Hans Zimmer (Composer), David Julyan (Composer), Jonathan Nolan (Screenwriter), Charles Roven (Producer), Gary Oldman (Leading Character Actor), Morgan Freeman (Character Actor)

"Favouring small, intense, character-driven stories, his work is heavily influenced by noir narratives and aesthetics. Fashioning protagonists that become the detectives in the mysteries of their own lives, his two first films incorporate flashback narratives... Like David Fincher or Steven Soderbergh, he fashions stylish, smart and intriguing films that appeal on both an emotional and intelligent level to mainstream and art-house audiences alike." - Hannah Patterson (Contemporary North American Film Directors, 2002)
"Noted for the innovative structure of both his noirish, cerebral debut film Following (1998) and its follow-up, the equally unconventional and heady Memento (2000), London-born filmmaker Christopher Nolan has shown a unique talent for creating involving films containing concepts based on abstract breaks with conventional behavior and idealism." - Jason Buchanan (All-Movie Guide)
"The savior of the Batman franchise directed Super 8 movies at age seven starring miniature action figures before segueing into English literature during his university studies in London. His debut feature Following (1998) demonstrated an early predilection for the film noir sensibility." - Andrew Bailey (Cinema Now, 2007)
"Nolan imbues vivid artistic sensibilities into films that are positioned as mainstream entertainment, as seen with the imagery and cinematic choices that abound in the Batman series and Inception, with scenes resembling surreal paintings given life. Nolan's choices have significantly influenced filmmaking, proving that complexity can exist in the commercial." - Biography.com
"I think my generation of filmmakers is the first to have grown up with home video, and as soon as you have VHS - we got our first one when I was eleven - you can stop the film when the phone rings, and suddenly viewing films in the home become more like books. I think with things like DVD this will carry on. So I think there is more freedom and potential for filmmakers working now to create more dense and structurally complex narratives." - Christopher Nolan (Guardian Interview, 2002)
"I studied English Literature. I wasn't a very good student, but one thing I did get from it, while I was making films at the same time with the college film society, was that I started thinking about the narrative freedoms that authors had enjoyed for centuries and it seemed to me that filmmakers should enjoy those freedoms as well." - Christopher Nolan
TSPDT Guide
Recommended
Memento (2000) , Insomnia (2002)
Worth a Look
The Prestige (2006)
Approach with Caution
Following (1998), Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) , Inception (2010) , The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Acclaimed Films / IMDB Filmography
1,000 Greatest Films 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
Amazon Products
Films / Books
    Inception
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