Christopher Jonathan James Nolan ( 30 July 1970) is a British-American film director, screenwriter, and producer.
He has created several of the most successful films of the early 21st century. His nine films have grossed over $4.2 billion worldwide and garnered a total of 26 Oscar nominations and six awards.
Having made his directorial debut with Following (1998), he gained considerable attention for his second feature, Memento (2000).
The acclaim of these independent films afforded Nolan the opportunity to make the big-budget thriller Insomnia (2002), and the more offbeat drama The Prestige (2006); both were well-received critically and commercially.
He found further popular and critical success with The Dark Knight trilogy (2005–2012), Inception (2010) and Interstellar (2014). Nolan has co-written several of his films with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, and runs the production company Syncopy Inc. with his wife Emma Thomas.
His films are rooted in philosophical and sociological concepts and ideas, exploring human morality, the nature of time, and the malleable nature of memory and personal identity. Experimentation with metaphysical concepts, "temporal shifts, elliptical cutting, solipsistic perspectives, nonlinear storytelling and the analogous relationship between the visual language and narrative elements" [whatever that means!], permeate much of his body of work.
Preferring location shooting to studio work, he often uses practical special effects as opposed to computer-generated imagery. He is also a proponent of film, both as a shooting and presentation format.
Why is he on the site? Because he gets a great deal of his inspiration from lucid dreaming.
Films are subjective – what you like, what you don't like, but the thing for me that is absolutely unifying is the idea that every time I go to the cinema and pay my money and sit down and watch a film go up onscreen, I want to feel that the people who made that film think it's the best movie in the world, that they poured everything into it and they really love it. Whether or not I agree with what they've done, I want that effort there – I want that sincerity. And when you don't feel it, that's the only time I feel like I'm wasting my time at the movies.
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