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->''"I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today's movies. They believe everything they're hearing and seeing. I like to shake that up."''
-->-- '''Christopher Nolan'''

Christopher Edward Nolan (born 30 July 1970) is an English-American film director, screenwriter and producer, known for making several {{Mind Screw}}y neo-noir movies, for reviving the [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Batman film franchise]], and for single-handedly [[GenreKiller ending the longest 3D movie craze yet]] by [[http://www.slashfilm.com/imax-3d-phasing-out/ convincing IMAX to scale back new 3D presentations considerably]].

His films tend to emphasize themes of obsession, deception, guilt, and {{order versus chaos}}, and 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.

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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WhKt_CkXD0 Doodlebug]]'' (1997, short film)
* ''Film/{{Following}}'' (1998)
* ''Film/{{Memento}}'' (2000)
* ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'' (2002)
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'': %% Put here so it will be indexed properly. Please don't change this without ensuring that it remains indexed.
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' (2005)
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' (2008)
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' (2012)
* ''Film/ThePrestige'' (2006)
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' (2010)
* ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' (2014)
* ''Film/{{Dunkirk}}'' (2017)

He has also produced:
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (2013) [[note]]He is also credited with writing the story[[/note]]
* ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'' (2014)

!!Tropes usually applied in his works:

* AnachronicOrder: There's elements of this in every single one of his films (except ''The Dark Knight''). 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-story 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. ''Dunkirk'' is a particularly bizarre example, as the events are ''technically'' all overlapping but we see them in three different time scales (a week, a day, and an hour, respectively.)
* AnInsert: A close-up shot of hands or seemingly non-threatening objects tend to appear in his films. Often at the very beginning, but not always.
* AntiHero: Morally ambiguous, psychologically obsessed protagonists are his trademark.
* AuteurLicense: Hollywood is under the impression that any film in which he has the slightest involvement will turn to box-office gold. The successes of his non-Batman films, ''Film/{{Inception}}, Film/{{Interstellar}}, Film/{{Dunkirk}}'' proves that this belief is not unfounded.
* AwfulTruth: Many of his protagonists must deal with this.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Many of the {{Femme Fatale}}s in his work will present themselves as much sweeter than they really are.
* BlackAndGreyMorality / GreyAndGrayMorality: His ''Dark Knight Trilogy'' is the former while his other films are usually the latter.
* BlackComedy: His humor goes both ways: dry wit or this. More noticeable in ''Memento'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
* BlueTropes: However, his works sometimes have copious levels of blue in them.
* CentralTheme: Obsession, deception, and guilt are common themes shared by almost all his films.
* CloseOnTitle: ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' and ''Film/{{Inception}}'' have the title card appear at the end, instead of the beginning. 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.
* CreatorInJoke: The {{Working Title}}s of most of his movies are named for his four kids.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: ...that will haunt his protagonists like no other. Sometimes literally, as in ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Nolan loves using complete sets, practical effects, and making actors eat real food on camera. Especially on ''Film/{{Dunkirk}},'' where hydraulics were used to simulate the impact of real ordinance.
* 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.
* FemmeFatale: To go with his Neo-noir style mentioned below.
* FilmNoir: Many of his films are of the Neo-noir variety.
* HumansAreBastards: A common topic in most of his films in regards to Human nature. However, most of them end up showing the [[RousseauWasRight complete opposite of the trope]], and the ones who thought so previously end up being wrong. This is especially notable in The Dark Knight and Interstellar.
* 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.
* 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, ''Film/{{Inception}}'' and ''Dunkirk'' use this extensively, but it's often hard to notice because he uses them very strategically, using simpler shots when nothing intense is going on.
* TheLostLenore: The death of a love interest is a key plot point and strong character motivator in his films.
* MindScrew: Nolan's short film ''Doodlebug'' would be the most straightforward example. His resume outside of the Batman films to a lesser extent as well, which can be confusing to follow due to their chaotic narrative structures. Ditto ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', which is told chronologically but can be confusing for those who don't have a great grasp of quantum theory and other space oddities.
* MoralDilemma: Many 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 {{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.
* OneWordTitle: Of his ten films, six have one-word titles.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Used in ''Film/{{Memento}}'', ''Film/ThePrestige'', ''Film/{{Inception}}'', and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', to go along with ''the audiences'' learning the AwfulTruth.
* OnlyOneName: Many characters in his film only use one name, sometimes implying that they're hiding something about their identity. There's "Cobb" in ''Film/{{Following}}'', "Natalie" in ''Film/{{Memento}}'', "Fallon" and "Cutter" in ''Film/ThePrestige'', "Lau" and "Gamble" in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', "Arthur", "Eames", "Saito" and "Ariadne" in ''Film/{{Inception}}'', and "Cooper", "Murph", "Doyle" and "Romilly" in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''. [[note]] The script for ''Interstellar'' gives Cooper's full name as "Joseph C. Cooper" (implying that his daughter is "Murphy Cooper"), but this is never stated in the film itself[[/note]]
* PlotTwist: All the freaking time, even though it's quite difficult to pull off in this time and age.
* PracticalEffects: Nolan is a massive proponent for practical effects.
** ''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}}'' and the robots in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''.
* PragmaticAdaptation
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' takes many liberties with the Batman universe, but they are considered to be among the greatest Batman adaptations ever.
** ''Film/ThePrestige'' changed everything from the plot to characterization, but all without detracting from the original work. And is widely considered better than the usual book-to-film adaptations.
* {{Reconstruction}}: ''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.
* RealLifeRelative: In most of his movies (so far) most of his family members, including his four kids cameo as background extras and bit parts.
* RedIndexGreenIndex: ''Averted'', since he's red and green colorblind. There's also a distinct lack of either color in most of his works.
* RousseauWasRight: Even though his films can debate about whether or not HumansAreBastards, many of his films end up proving it to be this trope instead.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Especially in ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'', ''Film/BatmanBegins'', ''Film/ThePrestige'', ''Film/{{Inception}}'', and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* RuleOfThree: His movies are often built around well-defined groups of three. There's the three-act structure of ''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), the three planets in ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' (Miller's planet, Mann's planet, and Edmunds' planet), and the three interacting plots in ''Film/{{Dunkirk}}''.
* SceneryPorn: All of his films, especially ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' and ''Inception''. There's a reason why ''Inception'' won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
* SiblingTeam: His brother Jonathan is sometimes his screenwriting partner.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: A common theme of debate in most his movies with characters representing either side, especially predominate in ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy''. His films differentiate about where they stand at the end.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: A number of his films have heroes motivated primarily by the deaths of their loved ones, guilt over [[ILetGwenStacyDie their deaths]], and so on. ''Film/{{Memento}}'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', ''Film/{{Inception}}'' heavily feature this.
* TragicHero: Most of Nolan's protagonists suffer from some tragic flaw that leads to their downfall.
* TwistEnding: All films written by him and/or his brother have this.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: His stock and trade. Nolan is ''not'' a filmmaker who dumbs things down for his audience, that's for damn sure.