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Following: Christopher Nolan Breaks Down his Debut Film Process

Here is a treat for Christopher Nolan fans – a 26 minute interview with Vice for The Criterion Collection, where Nolan discusses how he made his 16mm debut Following, in his spare time, over the course of a year. Bear in mind Nolan never went to film school, instead absorbing everything he knew from the […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Right Stuff

“The Right Stuff is an almost perfectly made film.” – Christopher Nolan. There are several inspirations for the director’s latest epic, Interstellar, including Philip Kaufman’s 1983 film. Based on Tom Wolfe’s book, it reflects the early days of the space-race, and the pilots of America’s Mercury space program, candidates the Yanks hoped would embody the elusive […]

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Christopher Nolan: Modern Master

  “In Nolan we trust” – those four small words carry such weight of expectation. With The Dark Knight Rises, can modern auteur Christopher Nolan deliver a fitting end to what many are claiming is the definitive on screen treatment of the Batman legend? The evidence is already there that Nolan has never failed to […]

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Heat Anniversary Screening with Q & A

On Wednesday evening, September 7, director Christopher Nolan hosted a special 4K screening of Michael Mann’s glorious crime drama Heat at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in L.A, followed by a special Q & A fielded by him with Mann himself, Robert De Niro (cool thief Neil McAuley) and Al Pacino (wired cop Vincent Hanna). Other […]

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Sympathy For The Devil – Man Of Steel? Or Man Of Straw?

With the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, everyone seems to have got their knickers over their unitards into a twist over Superman’s (Henry Cavill) “killing spree” in Metropolis at the end of Man Of Steel, referenced again in BvS‘s ground zero eye view from an appalled and angry Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). […]

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The Dark Knight Legacy – Christopher Nolan On His Epic Saga

From the 2012 November / December issue of Film Comment, Scott Foundas interviews Christopher Nolan on his epic, game-changing Batman saga, which, more so than Bryan Singer’s X-Men, reinvented the moribund superhero genre, and spun it in a more intelligent, dramatic fashion. How did you come to Batman Begins, and what appealed to you about […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Interstellar – Absolute Zero

Christopher Nolan doesn’t do deleted scenes, but if he did, they’d probably be…hang on, this is beginning to sound like a certain lager commercial. He does occasionally fill in back story in comic strip form, though. He did so with Inception, now, under his guest editorship of the December issue of Wired, he’s doing it […]

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Review: Interstellar

It’s funny how some Nolan naysayers bemoan an apparent lack of surprise in his films, that he signposts events and twists, then throw their hands up at the apparently baffling and ludicrous climax in his latest, most expansive film yet, Interstellar. Well, were you paying attention?  He was dropping breadcrumbs (or corncobs) right from the […]

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Making Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy – A BTS Gallery

Christopher Nolan’s Bruce Wayne / Batman has grappled with such weighty issues as survivor guilt, the ethics of vigilantism and the escalation that inevitably follows, and the consequences of a life that, as star Christian Bale felt, is “entirely directed by pain, holding on to that pain. It’s about making the decision to continue [being […]

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RISE – The Dark Knight Rises vs Robocop

For a hero to rise, he must invariably fall. The force and ferocity of the fall will often depend on how severe a rise is necessary. In some cases our emotions are toyed with to such an extent that when the protagonist is beaten, we are giddy with childish glee when they return. I would […]

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