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Who is Christopher Nolan?

by Ratan Srivastava
Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan CBE is a movie director, producer, as well as screenwriter of British and American descent. His movies have made moreover $5 billion worldwide and have been nominated for 36 Academy Awards, winning 11 of them.

Nolan, who was born and bred in London, has always had a passion for filmmaking. He made his feature debut with Following after studying English literature at University College London (1998). With his second picture, Memento (2000), Nolan achieved international acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. With Insomnia (2002), he made the shift from independent to studio filmmaking and followed up with The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), The Prestige (2006), and Inception (2010), which got eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

Interstellar, Dunkirk and Tenet were the films that followed. For his efforts on Dunkirk, he received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. Ideas of time, memory, as well as identity are frequently explored in Nolan’s movies, which are generally anchored in existential and epistemological themes. Mathematically inspired thoughts and visuals, unique storey structures, materialistic viewpoints, and expressive use of music and sound are all hallmarks of his work. “An emotional mathematician,” according to Guillermo del Toro. “An art-house auteur crafting intellectually demanding blockbuster pictures that can leave your heart racing and your mind spinning,” BBC arts editor Will Gompertz said of the filmmaker. Movie theorist David Bordwell believes Nolan has managed to combine his “experimental tendencies” well with the needs of commercial entertainment, defining his work as “experiments with cinematic time through the subjective viewpoint and crosscutting methods.”

In the early twenty-first century, Nolan’s use of practical, in-camera effects, miniatures and models, as well as filming on celluloid films, has had a huge influence.

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