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In this video WatchMojo takes a look at the career of the visionary director Christopher Nolan.
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Christopher Nolan: The Visionary Behind The Dark Knight and Inception
Host: He quickly defined himself as a visionary and has created the gold standard for Dark and none chronological subject matter. Welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’re taking a look at the career of Director Christopher Nolan.
Christopher Nolan: The story has told in as subject to the ways, we were able to do and really tried to put the audience into the head of the protagonist.
Host: Born on July 30th, 1970 in London England; he spent his childhood traveling to and from Chicago. At the age of only seven, he developed a deep interest in film which was spurred by his use of his father’s Super 8 film camera. Later, he studied literature at University College London. Meanwhile, he devoted his free time to shooting several small films for the school’s film society. His early short films, such as “Doodle Bug”, gained him recognition before he could take on his first feature “Following” in 1998. Centered on an obsessive writer following random people, the out of sequence narrative was designed to disorient its viewers. Audiences were then forced to piece together the film together all by themselves. Fortunately, its unusual structure was well received.
As a result, the script for Nolan’s next film project “Momento” found funding. Building on the impressive editing style of his previous effort, the tale of a man without short term memory astonished critics and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Oscar for best screenplay. As a result, it propelled his career, but began a long collaborative writing bond with his brother. In 2002 the director helmed the highly praised remake of the film “Insomnia.” Starring Al Pacino, the film re-told the tale of a detective who is unable to sleep because of the never-ending daylight of the sunny season in Alaska.
Two years later, Nolan’s ambition of directing a blockbuster led him to convince Warner Bros to trust him to revival of the once reputable Batman film franchise. As a result of its dark and intelligent storyline, “Batman Begins” triumphed at the box office. Not only sweeping numerous awards, it helped him forged a strong relationship with actors Christian Bale and Michael Caine. He quickly reunited with the stars for his 2006 film adaptation of the novel “The Prestige.” Sweeping the box office with the tale of rival magicians, he then announced his intent to return to the Batman franchise.
In 2008 Nolan defied expectations by releasing “The Dark Knight”, which has been hailed by many as the greatest superhero movie ever made. Breaking numerous box-office records, the film also brought him a nomination for best director by The Directors Guild of America. After its stellar success, Warner Bros quickly green lit Nolan’s screenplay for a contemporary sci-fi action flick set within the mind called “Inception.” Before the film’s release he was already confirmed to be returning for yet another Batman entry and was announced as the producer of the Superman film revival in 2012.