Christopher Nolan

A Critical Study of the Films


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About the Book

Christopher Nolan is one of the defining directors of the 21st century. Few of his contemporaries can compete in terms of critical and commercial success, let alone cultural impact. His films have a rare ability to transcend audience expectations, appealing to both casual moviegoers and dyed-in-the-wool cineastes.
Nolan’s work ranges from gritty crime thrillers (Memento, Insomnia) to spectacular blockbusters (the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception). They have taken audiences from the depths of space (Interstellar) to the harsh realities of war (Dunkirk). They have pushed the boundaries of possibility in modern movie making. This critical history covers his complete filmography, tracing his career from film student to indie darling to Oscar-nominated auteur.

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About the Author(s)

Darren Mooney is a pop culture critic working in Dublin, Ireland. He runs his own website (the m0vie blog), co-hosts a weekly film podcast (The 250), and contributes regularly to the Irish film monthly magazine CinÉireann.

Bibliographic Details

Darren Mooney
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7480-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3461-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface  1

1. Following  3

2. Memento  13

3. Insomnia  27

4. Batman Begins  36

5. The Prestige  51

6. The Dark Knight  67

7. Inception  85

8. The Dark Knight Rises  99

9. Interstellar  117

10. Dunkirk  131

Appendix: Interview with Jeremy Theobald  147

Chapter Notes  155

Bibliography  209

Index  211