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Christopher Nolan Pleases Crowds and Critics

by on March 31, 2013
Timothy Robinson, a doctoral student in film in the English department at the University of Florida, respects Nolan's work. He has a special place in his heart for 'Memento.' "I wanted to seek it out and I hadn’t really seen anything like it before," he said. "I loved the way that the narrative was written; it’s similar to like a Quentin Tarantino screenplay in which it does play with time and shifting sensibilities."

Timothy Robinson, a doctoral student in film in the English department at the University of Florida, respects Nolan’s work. He has a special place in his heart for ‘Memento.’
“I wanted to seek it out and I hadn’t really seen anything like it before,” he said. “I loved the way that the narrative was written; it’s similar to like a Quentin Tarantino screenplay in which it does play with time and shifting sensibilities.”

By Taylor Gaines

One of the reasons Christopher Nolan has worked his way into becoming one of the most coveted and respected directors in Hollywood has been his ability to make movies that appeal to everyone.

The crowds that go to see his movies love them, and the critics who are paid to watch his movies love them. And most importantly for the studios, his movies tend to make a lot of money.

Inception was huge,” said Timothy Robinson, a doctoral student in film in the University of Florida’s English department. “Dark Knight—huge. Dark Knight Rises, still a blockbuster.”

His success has led to him having a great amount of control over the movies he makes; often he will be tabbed as the director, screenwriter and producer.

Robinson says he has worked the trenches and been successful to reach the point he is at now.

“He’s been able to work independently, he’s been able to work in big-budget studios,” Robinson said. “Studios are willing to fork out $200 million for him to have a project. And because he has all these different roles in the process, he has a lot of creative control, which a lot of directors don’t have working in those situations.

“I feel like that’s really important to his career is the level of creative control that he gets. And part of it is because his movies do tend to get good reviews, but then they also tend to do well financially at the box office.”

The amount of control Nolan has with his films truly makes them his work of art, in turn lending him to auteur status. I’ll expand more upon what an auteur is in a later post, but it’s basically a filmmaker who has control in nearly every step in the filmmaking process.

Countless dissertations have been written on Nolan’s films, and millions of people have seen his movies. Critics and audiences agree: Nolan is pretty good at what he does.

“He has a distinct personality that you could identify one of his films from other directors,” Robinson said. “[He] is like a film artist as opposed to a technician, a director for hire, who doesn’t really put a personal stamp on the work.”

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