Christopher Nolan (September 06, 1965 - February 20, 2009)
Born: 6th September, 1965
Died: 20th February, 2009
Nationality: British
Profession/Occupation: Director
Region: Ireland
Notable works: Costa Book Awards

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Biography

Christopher Nolan, Irish author (born Sept. 6, 1965, Mullingar, Ire.--died Feb. 20, 2009, Dublin, Ire.), suffered severe brain damage at birth that left him speechless and paralyzed with cerebral palsy, yet he nevertheless earned recognition as a gifted writer at an early age and at age 21 won the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year award for Under the Eye of the Clock (1987). This autobiographical novel, written in the third person, tells the story of Joseph Meehan, whose life closely resembles Nolan's. His vivid memoir is never bitter, though it recounts some of the more traumatic moments he experienced in the world of "normal children." During childhood Nolan began taking a drug that permitted him some control over his head and neck. At the suggestion of a physical therapist, Nolan's family made him a "unicorn stick," which they strapped to his forehead. Using the stick, he was able to peck out letters on a keyboard. In 1981 a collection of Nolan's plays, stories, poems, and autobiographical material was published as Dam-Burst of Dreams. After the success of Under the Eye of the Clock, he wrote the novel The Banyan Tree (1999), which took him 12 years to complete. A departure from his previous autobiographical work, the novel chronicles the life of Minnie O'Brien, a rural Irish woman born at the beginning of the 20th century. As in his previous work, Nolan's mesmerizing and melodious prose displayed his linguistic agility and his genius for coining new words and innovative turns of phrase. Nolan's lyrical and adventurous poetry and prose were likened to the work of William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, and James Joyce.

Top 44 Christopher Nolan quotes

The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it.
Accommodate
Actor
Best
Feel
Instinctively
Just
Need
Other
Out
As soon as television became the only secondary way in which films were watched, films had to adhere to a pretty linear system, whereby you can drift off for ten minutes and go and answer the phone and not really lose your place.
Adhere
Answer
Became
Drift
Films
Go
Had
Linear
Lose
Minutes
Off
Only
Phone
Place
We all wake up in the morning wanting to live our lives the way we know we should. But we usually don't, in small ways. That's what makes a character like Batman so fascinating. He plays out our conflicts on a much larger scale.
Batman
Character
Conflicts
Fascinating
He
Know
Larger
Larger scale
Like
Live
Lives
Makes
Morning
Much
I think there's a vague sense out there that movies are becoming more and more unreal. I know I've felt it.
Becoming
Felt
I think
Know
More
More and more
Movies
Out
Sense
Think
Unreal
Vague
I have always been a huge fan of Ridley Scott and certainly when I was a kid. 'Alien', 'Blade Runner' just blew me away because they created these extraordinary worlds that were just completely immersive. I was also an enormous Stanley Kubrick fan for similar reasons.
Alien
Also
Always
Away
Because
Been
Blade
Blade runner
Blew
Certainly
Created
Enormous
Extraordinary
Fan
If I could steal someone's dream myself, I'd have to go for one of Orson Welles.
Could
Dream
Go
If i could
Myself
Orson welles
Someone
Steal
Welles
I've been interested in dreams since I as a kid and I've wanted to do a film about them for a long time.
About
Been
Dreams
Film
Interested
Kid
Long
Long time
Since
Them
Time
Wanted
Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn't really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously.
Anything
Anything else
Batman
Clearly
Culture
Does
Else
Fill
Gap
Greek
Greek mythology
Job
Me
Modern
I have been interested in dreams, really since I was a kid. I have always been fascinated by the idea that your mind, when you are asleep, can create a world in a dream and you are perceiving it as though it really existed.
Always
Asleep
Been
Create
Dream
Dreams
Existed
Fascinated
Idea
Interested
Kid
Mind
Perceiving
Really
Batman and Superman are very different characters but they're both iconic and elemental. Finding the right story for them both is the key.
Batman
Both
Characters
Different
Different characters
Elemental
Finding
Iconic
Key
Right
Story
Superman
Them
Very
I don't particularly enjoy watching films in 3D because I think that a well-shot and well-projected film has a very three-dimensional quality to it, so I'm somewhat sceptical of the technology.
Because
Enjoy
Film
Films
I think
Particularly
Quality
Somewhat
Technology
Think
Very
Watching
The term 'genre' eventually becomes pejorative because you're referring to something that's so codified and ritualised that it ceases to have the power and meaning it had when it first started.
Because
Becomes
Ceases
Eventually
First
Genre
Had
Meaning
Power
Referring
Something
Started
Term
You
In Hollywood there's a great openness, almost a voracious appetite for new people. In England there's a great suspicion of the new. In cultural terms, that can be a good thing, but when you're trying to break into the film industry, it's definitely a bad thing.
A good thing
Almost
Appetite
Bad
Bad thing
Break
Cultural
Definitely
England
Film
Film industry
Good
Good thing
Great
I never considered myself a lucky person. I'm the most extraordinary pessimist. I truly am.
Am
Considered
Extraordinary
Lucky
Lucky person
Most
Myself
Never
Person
Pessimist
Truly
By the time I was 10 or 11, I knew I wanted to make films.
By the time
Films
Knew
Make
Time
Wanted
But I have been interested in dreams, really since I was a kid. I have always been fascinated by the idea that your mind, when you are asleep, can create a world in a dream and you are perceiving it as though it really existed.
Always
Asleep
Been
Create
Dream
Dreams
Existed
Fascinated
Idea
Interested
Kid
Mind
Perceiving
Really
I've never read Joseph Campbell, and I don't know all that much about story archetypes.
About
Archetypes
Campbell
Joseph
Know
Much
Never
Read
Story
One of the things you do as a writer and as a filmmaker is grasp for resonant symbols and imagery without necessarily fully understanding it yourself.
Filmmaker
Fully
Grasp
Imagery
Necessarily
One of the things
Symbols
Things
Understanding
Without
Writer
You
Yourself
The only job that was ever of interest to me other than filmmaking is architecture.
Architecture
Ever
Filmmaking
Interest
Job
Me
Only
Other
Than
When you play a videogame, you could be a completely different person than you are in the real world, certain aspects of the way your brain works can be leveraged for something you could never do in the real world.
Aspects
Brain
Certain
Could
Different
Different person
Never
Person
Play
Real
Real world
Something
Than
The real world
For the last 10 years, I've felt increasing pressure to stop shooting film and start shooting video, but I've never understood why. It's cheaper to work on film, it's far better looking, it's the technology that's been known and understood for a hundred years, and it's extremely reliable.
Been
Better
Better looking
Cheaper
Extremely
Far
Felt
Film
Hundred
Hundred years
Increasing
Known
Last
Looking
When I look at a digitally acquired and projected image, it looks inferior against an original negative anamorphic print or an IMAX one.
Acquired
Against
Image
Inferior
Look
Looks
Negative
Original
Print
Projected
But, in each case, as a filmmaker who's been given sizable budgets with which to work, I feel a responsibility to the audience to be shooting with the absolute highest quality technology that I can and make the film in a way that I want.
Absolute
Audience
Been
Budgets
Case
Each
Feel
Film
Filmmaker
Given
Highest
I can
I feel
Make
The thing with computer-generated imagery is that it's an incredibly powerful tool for making better visual effects. But I believe in an absolute difference between animation and photography.
Absolute
Animation
Believe
Better
Between
Difference
Effects
I believe
I believe in
Imagery
Incredibly
Making
Photography
Powerful
Yeah, it's odd when you look back at your own work. Some filmmakers don't look back at their work at all. I look at my work a lot, actually. I feel like I learned something while looking at stuff I've done in terms of what I'm going to do in the future, mistakes I've made and things at work or what have you.
Actually
Back
Done
Feel
Filmmakers
Future
Going
I feel
I feel like
Learned
Like
Look
Looking
Lot
You know when Hollywood does a great big blockbuster that really wraps you up in a world, and lets you believe in extraordinary things that move you in some way, in an almost operatic sensibility? That to me is the most fun I have at the movies.
Almost
Believe
Big
Blockbuster
Does
Extraordinary
Extraordinary things
Fun
Great
Hollywood
Know
Lets
Me
Most
But in the back of my mind I've always looked to the biggest-scale Hollywood movies. Because to me the most satisfying experience is of watching a movie, if it's done really well. And so that aspiration is always it for me, if I have the opportunity to do it.
Always
Aspiration
Back
Because
Done
Experience
Hollywood
Hollywood movies
Looked
Me
Mind
Most
Movie
Movies
I've always been a movie guy, movies have been my thing. I love movies, all kinds of movies.
Always
Been
Guy
I love
Kinds
Love
Movie
Movies
Thing
I think there are advantages to different scales of filmmaking. You wouldn't want to do just one thing.
Advantages
Different
Filmmaking
I think
Just
Just one
Just one thing
One thing
Scales
Thing
Think
Want
You
I think there has been this increasing misperception that kids will not respond to something because it's also for adults. I think that often that tends to get underestimated.
Adult
Also
Because
Been
Get
Has-been
I think
Increasing
Kids
Often
Respond
Something
Tends
Think
My approach with actors is to try and give them whatever it is they need from me. Direction to me is about listening and responding and realizing how much they need to know from me and how much they have figured out for themselves, really.
About
Actor
Approach
Direction
Figured
Give
How
How much
Know
Listening
Me
Much
Need
Out
Well, you always discover a lot in the editing room. Particularly the action, because you have to over-shoot a lot and shoot an enormous amount of material because many of the sequences have to be discovered in the editing and manipulation of it.
Action
Always
Amount
Because
Discover
Discovered
Editing
Editing room
Enormous
Lot
Manipulation
Many
Material
Particularly
The problem with big films is they snowball very rapidly and you can never pull back. It's a pipeline that needs to be fed.
Back
Big
Fed
Films
Needs
Never
Pipeline
Problem
Pull
Rapidly
Snowball
The problem with
Very
You
No, I've only ever done one film at a time.
Done
Ever
Film
Only
Time
To be honest, I don't enjoy watching movies much when I'm working. They tend to fall apart on me a bit.
Apart
Bit
Enjoy
Fall
Honest
Me
Movies
Much
Tend
To be honest
Watching
Working
I'm taking a bit of a wait-and-see attitude towards 3D.
Attitude
Bit
Taking
Towards
I sometimes think how strange it is that I've got to do exactly what I want, and that is difficult to cope with. You have to remind yourself every few weeks: I'm making this film and this is exactly what I want to do. And suddenly you're happy again.
Again
Cope
Difficult
Every
Exactly
Exactly what
Few
Film
Got
Happy
How
Making
Remind
Sometimes
But 'Memento' was so successful, such a huge cult hit, almost on the scale of a large film. If that had happened, with all the acclaim, before the next job, I'd have found it very difficult to figure out what to do next.
Almost
Before
Cult
Difficult
Figure
Film
Found
Had
Happened
Hit
Huge
Job
Large
Memento
For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously. He's not from another planet, or filled with radioactive gunk. I mean, Superman is essentially a god, but Batman is more like Hercules: he's a human being, very flawed, and bridges the divide.
Another
Batman
Being
Bridges
Clearly
Divide
Essentially
Filled
Flawed
God
He
Hercules
Human
Human being
I made 'Batman' the way I made every other film, and I've done it to my own satisfaction - because the film, truly, is exactly the way I wanted it to be.
Batman
Because
Done
Every
Exactly
Exactly the way
Film
Made
My own
Other
Own
Satisfaction
Truly
Wanted
I'm very happy where 3-D is going, which is that it's becoming a choice - and thankfully, most people are still choosing 2-D.
Becoming
Choice
Choosing
Going
Happy
Most
People
Still
Thankfully
Very
Where
Which
I just love photographing things and putting them together to tell a story.
Just
Love
Photographing
Putting
Story
Tell
Them
Things
Together
I try not to have actors in mind when I write because the tendency then is to be influenced by either their last performance or your favourite of their performances.
Actor
Because
Either
Favourite
I write
Influenced
Last
Mind
Performance
Performance
Tendency
Then
Try
Write
Revenge is a particularly interesting concept, especially the notion of whether or not it exists outside of just an abstract idea.
Abstract
Concept
Exists
Idea
Interesting
Just
Notion
Outside
Particularly
Revenge
Whether

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Memento Anterograde Amnesia
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