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David Carter

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325055

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.001.0001

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Christopher Nolan: The Director and his Work

Christopher Nolan: The Director and his Work

(p.9) 2. Christopher Nolan: The Director and his Work

David Carter

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents a brief biography of Christopher Nolan, outlining his life so far. From his earliest short films, it is clear that Nolan has been interested in strange states of mind, illusions of various kinds, and the borderlines between fantasy and reality. Even his first experiments with his father's Super 8 camera were made using toy action figures. By the time he made Inception (2010), he was forcing his audience to understand not only the actual temporal sequence of juxtaposed events but also various events occurring contemporaneously but at different speeds (at different dream levels) and, further, to identify whether any given sequence was in the 'real' (diegetic) world as presented in the film or in one of the dream worlds. The chapter then looks at Nolan's other works, including Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002), The Prestige (2006), the Batman trilogy, Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017).

Keywords:   Christopher Nolan, states of mind, Inception, juxtaposed events, dream worlds, Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, Batman trilogy, Interstellar

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