History Creator / ChristopherNolan

4th Aug '17 4:17:25 PM Folamh3
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* OneWordTitle: Of his nine films, five have one-word titles.

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* OneWordTitle: Of his nine ten films, five six have one-word titles.
4th Aug '17 4:15:54 PM Folamh3
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His films tend to emphasize themes of obsession, deception, guilt, and {{order versus chaos}}, and all of his films are driven by a man lying to himself or others to cope with grief. He is the brother of Creator/JonathanNolan.

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His films tend to emphasize themes of obsession, deception, guilt, and {{order versus chaos}}, and all many of his films are driven by a man lying to himself or others to cope with grief. He is the brother of Creator/JonathanNolan.



4th Aug '17 3:59:24 PM Folamh3
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* AnachronicOrder: There's elemnents of this in every single one of his films. It's most extensively used in Memento, over the course of the whole film (the main Narrative is entirely in reverse scene by scene, with a B Narrative that happens prior chronologically intercut). There's also elements of this in Batman Begins and Man Of Steel, which both have extensive flashback sequences over their first halves.

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* AnachronicOrder: There's elemnents elements of this in every single one of his films. films (except ''The Dark Knight''). It's most extensively used in Memento, ''Memento'', over the course of the whole film (the main Narrative narrative is entirely in reverse scene by scene, with a B Narrative b-story that happens prior chronologically intercut). There's also elements of this in Batman Begins ''Batman Begins'' and Man ''Man Of Steel, Steel'', which both have extensive flashback sequences over their first halves.



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* JitterCam: His Batman films and ''Film/{{Inception}}'' use this extensively.

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* InMediasRes: In keeping with his fondness for AnachronicOrder (as described above), many of his films use this, such as ''Batman Begins'' and ''Inception''.
* JitterCam: His Batman films and films, ''Film/{{Inception}}'' and ''Dunkirk'' use this extensively.



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2nd Aug '17 5:52:32 AM MistrDragn
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* AnachronicOrder: There's elemnents of this in every single one of his films. It's most extensively used in Memento, over the course of the whole film (the main Narrative is entirely in reverse scene by scene, with a B Narrative that happens prior chronologically intercut). There's also elements of this in Batman Begins and Man Of Steel, which both have eextensive flashback sequences over the first half of their films

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* AnachronicOrder: There's elemnents of this in every single one of his films. It's most extensively used in Memento, over the course of the whole film (the main Narrative is entirely in reverse scene by scene, with a B Narrative that happens prior chronologically intercut). There's also elements of this in Batman Begins and Man Of Steel, which both have eextensive extensive flashback sequences over the their first half of their filmshalves.
2nd Aug '17 5:52:04 AM MistrDragn
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* AnachronicOrder: There's elemnents of this in every single one of his films. It's most extensively used in Memento, over the course of tthe whole film (the main Narrative is entirely in reverse scene by scene, with a
BB Narrative that happens prior chronologically intercut). There's also elements of this in Batman Begins and Man Of Steel, which both have eextensive flashback sequences over the first half of their films

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* AnachronicOrder: There's elemnents of this in every single one of his films. It's most extensively used in Memento, over the course of tthe the whole film (the main Narrative is entirely in reverse scene by scene, with a
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a B Narrative that happens prior chronologically intercut). There's also elements of this in Batman Begins and Man Of Steel, which both have eextensive flashback sequences over the first half of their films
2nd Aug '17 5:51:41 AM MistrDragn
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%%* AnachronicOrder* AnachronicOrder: There's elemnents of this in every single one of his films. It's most extensively used in Memento, over the course of tthe whole film (the main Narrative is entirely in reverse scene by scene, with a
BB Narrative that happens prior chronologically intercut). There's also elements of this in Batman Begins and Man Of Steel, which both have eextensive flashback sequences over the first half of their films
23rd Jul '17 3:03:53 AM TrippyDippy
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19th Jul '17 9:02:50 AM Saveelich
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* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (2013)[[note]]He is also credited with writing the story[[/note]]

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* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (2013)[[note]]He (2013) [[note]]He is also credited with writing the story[[/note]]
19th Jul '17 8:46:10 AM JamesAustin
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-->'''-- Christopher Nolan'''

Christopher Jonathan James Nolan (b. 1970) is an English-American screenwriter and director, brother of Creator/JonathanNolan, known for making several {{Mind Screw}}y neo-noir movies, and for reviving the [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Batman film franchise]].

His films tend to emphasize themes of obsession, deception, guilt, and {{order versus chaos}}, and all of his films are driven by a man lying to himself or others to cope with grief.

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-->'''-- Christopher -->-- '''Christopher Nolan'''

Christopher Jonathan James Edward Nolan (b. (born 30 July 1970) is an English-American film director, screenwriter and director, brother of Creator/JonathanNolan, producer, known for making several {{Mind Screw}}y neo-noir movies, and for reviving the [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Batman film franchise]].

His films tend to emphasize themes of obsession, deception, guilt, and {{order versus chaos}}, and all of his films are driven by a man lying to himself or others to cope with grief.
grief. He is the brother of Creator/JonathanNolan.



* ''{{Film/Inception}}'' (2010)

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* ''{{Film/Inception}}'' ''Film/{{Inception}}'' (2010)



!!Tropes usually seen in his works:

* AnachronicOrder
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** InMediasRes

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!!Tropes usually seen applied in his works:

* AnachronicOrder
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* AuteurLicense: Hollywood is under the impression that any film in which he has the slightest involvement will turn to box-office gold. Considering his solid three-film streak, it's not exactly far-fetched.



** IgnoranceIsBliss: Nolan's films often deal with the theme of fooling either one's self or other people into believing something that's easier to digest than reality.

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** IgnoranceIsBliss: Nolan's films often deal with * BitchInSheepsClothing: Many of the theme of fooling either one's self or other people into believing something that's easier to digest {{Femme Fatale}}s in his work will present themselves as much sweeter than reality.they really are.



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* BlueTropes: However, his works sometimes have copious levels of blue in them.



* ChekhovsGun: [[ChekhovsArmoury An armoury of them]].
* ChekhovsGunman
* CloseOnTitle: ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' and ''Film/{{Inception}}'' have the title card appear at the end, instead of the beginning. FridgeBrilliance: He put the title card at the beginning of ''Film/{{Memento}}'', a film where the events are shown in backward chronological order.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: ...that will haunt his protagonists like no other. [[Film/{{Inception}} Sometimes literally!]]
* EpicMovie: ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''. Nolan has also stated in his ''Wall Street Journal'' article that this kind of movie is almost a necessity for the future, if studios want people to come to the theater instead of being content with home theater TV systems.

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* ChekhovsGun: [[ChekhovsArmoury An armoury of them]].
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* CloseOnTitle: ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' and ''Film/{{Inception}}'' have the title card appear at the end, instead of the beginning. FridgeBrilliance: He Ironically (or perhaps not so), he put the title card at the beginning of ''Film/{{Memento}}'', a film where the events are shown in backward chronological order.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: ...that will haunt his protagonists like no other. [[Film/{{Inception}} Sometimes literally!]]
literally, as in ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
* EpicMovie: ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''. Nolan has also stated in his ''Wall Street Journal'' article that this kind of movie is almost a necessity for the future, future if studios want people to come to the theater instead of being content with home theater TV systems.



** BitchInSheepsClothing: Many of the {{Femme Fatale}}s in his work will present themselves as much sweeter than they really are.



* {{Foreshadowing}}
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* IgnoranceIsBliss: Nolan's films often deal with the theme of fooling either one's self or other people into believing something that's easier to digest than reality.
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* MoralDilemma: Many and the 'right' choices are often debatable. Usually happens to the protagonists, but sometimes not even secondary characters or extras are spared.
* MultiTakeCut: He sometimes [[DownplayedTrope downplays]] this trope, such as in the hospital explosion in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. As shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-iuuwOtsow here]], Nolan filmed the explosion from several angles, but decided to put only two in the finished movie.

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* MoralDilemma: Many and of the 'right' choices in his films are often debatable. Usually happens to the protagonists, but sometimes not even secondary characters or extras are spared.
* MultiTakeCut: He sometimes [[DownplayedTrope downplays]] {{downplay|edTrope}}s this trope, such as in the hospital explosion in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. As shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-iuuwOtsow here]], Nolan filmed the explosion from several angles, but decided to put only two in the finished movie.



* OnceMoreWithClarity: Used in ''{{Film/Memento}}'', ''Film/ThePrestige'', ''{{Film/Inception}}'', and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', to go along with ''the audiences'' learning the AwfulTruth.
* [[PlotTwist Plot Twists]]: All the freaking time! Even though it's quite difficult to pull off in this time and age.
** [[TwistEnding Twist Endings]]

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* OnceMoreWithClarity: Used in ''{{Film/Memento}}'', ''Film/{{Memento}}'', ''Film/ThePrestige'', ''{{Film/Inception}}'', ''Film/{{Inception}}'', and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', to go along with ''the audiences'' learning the AwfulTruth.
* [[PlotTwist Plot Twists]]: PlotTwist: All the freaking time! Even time, even though it's quite difficult to pull off in this time and age.
** [[TwistEnding Twist Endings]]
age.



** ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' was very conservative on the post production special effects. Only the most extravagant or dangerous stunts were performed in post production. But certain scenes like Bruce saving Ducard from sliding off the edge of a cliff was done on location, with the actual actors wearing the necessary safety lines. ''The Dark Knight'' managed to film the flipping of an 18-wheeler by...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRgq12XOhjc actually flipping an 18-wheeler]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJmEZe3ICpY on the streets of Chicago]]. They got it in one try. The plane hijacking scene in ''Rises'' makes rather spectacular use of practical sets and stuntwork.
** Other notable examples include the zero-gravity hotel corridor in ''{{Film/Inception}}'' and the robots in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''.

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** ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' was very conservative on the post production special effects. Only the most extravagant or dangerous stunts were performed in post production. But certain scenes like Bruce saving Ducard from sliding off the edge of a cliff was done on location, with the actual actors wearing the necessary safety lines. ''The Dark Knight'' managed to film the flipping of an 18-wheeler by...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRgq12XOhjc actually flipping an 18-wheeler]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJmEZe3ICpY on the streets of Chicago]]. They got it in one try. The plane hijacking scene in ''Rises'' makes rather spectacular use of practical sets and stuntwork.
** Other notable examples include the zero-gravity hotel corridor in ''{{Film/Inception}}'' ''Film/{{Inception}}'' and the robots in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''.



** ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' takes many liberties with the Batman universe, but they are considered to be among the greatest Batman adaptations ever.

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** ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' takes many liberties with the Batman universe, but they are considered to be among the greatest Batman adaptations ever.



* {{Reconstruction}}: ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' in particular, which takes the pretty fantastical concept of a masked vigilante superhero dressed as a bat and grounds it in a somewhat realistic worldscape.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' in particular, which takes the pretty fantastical concept of a masked vigilante superhero dressed as a bat and grounds it in a somewhat realistic worldscape.worldscape.
* RedIndexGreenIndex: ''Averted'', since he's red and green colorblind. There's also a distinct lack of either color in most of his works.



* RuleOfThree: His movies are often built around well-defined groups of three. There's the three-act structure of [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga his Batman trilogy]], the three-part magic tricks in ''Film/ThePrestige'' (the Pledge, the Turn, and [[TitleDrop the Prestige]]), the three layers of Fischer's dream in ''Film/{{Inception}}'' (the City, the Hotel and the Mountain), and the three planets in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' (Miller's planet, Mann's planet, and Edmunds' planet).
* SceneryPorn: All of his films, especially ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' and ''Inception''. There's a reason why Inception won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
* SharpDressedMan: Most of his protagonists qualify.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: A common theme of debate in most his movies with characters representing either side, especially predominate in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. Though the films themselves are on the very end of the cynical side.
** However, his recent films, especially Interstellar show a great amount of idealism, especially in the sense of hope.

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* RuleOfThree: His movies are often built around well-defined groups of three. There's the three-act structure of [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga his Batman trilogy]], ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'', the three-part magic tricks in ''Film/ThePrestige'' (the Pledge, the Turn, and [[TitleDrop the Prestige]]), the three layers of Fischer's dream in ''Film/{{Inception}}'' (the City, the Hotel and the Mountain), and the three planets in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' (Miller's planet, Mann's planet, and Edmunds' planet).
* SceneryPorn: All of his films, especially ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' and ''Inception''. There's a reason why Inception ''Inception'' won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
* SharpDressedMan: Most of SiblingTeam: His brother Jonathan is sometimes his protagonists qualify.
screenwriting partner.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: A common theme of debate in most his movies with characters representing either side, especially predominate in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy''. Though the films themselves are on the very end of the cynical side.
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side. However, his recent films, especially Interstellar show a great amount of idealism, especially in the sense of hope.



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!!Tropes that apply to him:

* AuteurLicense: Hollywood is under the impression that any film in which he has the slightest involvement will turn to box-office gold. Considering his solid three-film streak, it's not exactly far-fetched.
* BatmanGambit: How he got ''{{Film/Inception}}'' made. Lampshaded by the fact that he used the Batman IP to do it.
* BenevolentBoss: Many actors who have worked with him have also noted that he is very easy to work with.
* GentlemanSnarker: At times:
--> '''Interviewer:''' What is the hardest part of filmmaking for you?
--> '''Nolan:''' This.
* LimitedWardrobe: Nolan's signature dark suit, no tie, and dress shirt with a few buttons open. Sometimes he includes a vest or tie.
* PersonAsVerb: After his approach on the Batman film series, "Nolanize" has been used as a term used by fans, meaning rebooting a science-fiction/fantasy series to strip away all unrealistic elements from it.
* RedIndexGreenIndex: ''Averted'', since he's red and green colorblind. There's also a distinct lack of either color in most of his works.
** BlueTropes: However, his works sometimes have copious levels of blue in them.
* SharpDressedMan: A suit, with or without tie and jacket, has been noted as Nolan's uniform of sorts.
* SiblingTeam: His brother Jonathan is sometimes his screenwriting partner.
* SpotOfTea: Earl Grey.
-->'''Morgan Freeman:''' He takes a sip of tea every 10 or 15 minutes. Heís like quiet authority.
-->'''Michael Caine:''' And I actually found out what the tea was, itís Earl Grey tea. Thatís what he drinks, all day long.
18th Jul '17 12:09:45 PM BabyM
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* PracticalEffects: Nolan is a massive proponent for practical effects. The ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' was very conservative on the post production special effects. Only the most extravagant or dangerous stunts were performed in post production. But certain scenes like Bruce saving Ducard from sliding off the edge of a cliff was done on location, with the actual actors wearing the necessary safety lines. ''The Dark Knight'' managed to film the flipping of an 18-wheeler by...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRgq12XOhjc actually flipping an 18-wheeler]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJmEZe3ICpY on the streets of Chicago]]. They got it in one try. The plane hijacking scene in ''Rises'' makes rather spectacular use of practical sets and stuntwork.

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* PracticalEffects: Nolan is a massive proponent for practical effects. The
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''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' was very conservative on the post production special effects. Only the most extravagant or dangerous stunts were performed in post production. But certain scenes like Bruce saving Ducard from sliding off the edge of a cliff was done on location, with the actual actors wearing the necessary safety lines. ''The Dark Knight'' managed to film the flipping of an 18-wheeler by...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRgq12XOhjc actually flipping an 18-wheeler]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJmEZe3ICpY on the streets of Chicago]]. They got it in one try. The plane hijacking scene in ''Rises'' makes rather spectacular use of practical sets and stuntwork.stuntwork.
** Other notable examples include the zero-gravity hotel corridor in ''{{Film/Inception}}'' and the robots in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''.
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