You're never going to learn something as profoundly as when it's purely out of curiosity.

— Christopher Nolan

The most fascinating Christopher Nolan quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

Memory can change the shape of a room;

it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not a record, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts. (Leonard Shelby, Memento)

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I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. (Leonard Shelby, Memento)

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I always thought the joy of reading a book is not knowing what happens next.

(Leonard Shelby, Memento)

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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.

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I like films that continue to spin your head in all sorts of different directions after you've seen them.

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You musn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

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Every film should have its own world, a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing.

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I've always believed that if you want to really try and make a great film, not a good film, but a great film, you have to take a lot of risks.

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The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it.

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I like films where the music and the sound design, at times, are almost indistinguishable.

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A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.

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Why do we Fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.

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About Christopher Nolan

Quotes 95 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Director
Birthday October 16

You always have to be very aware that the audience is extremely ruthless in its demand for newness, novelty and freshness.

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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.

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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.

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My most enjoyable movie going experiences have always been going to a movie theater, sitting there and the lights go down and a film comes on the screen that you don't know everything about, and you don't know every plot turn and every character movement that's going to happen.

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Sometime, when you start thinking too much what an audience is going to think, when you're too self-conscious about it, you make mistakes.

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If you're going to perform inception, you need imagination.

You need the simplest version of the idea-the one that will grow naturally in the subject's mind. Subtle art.

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I remember the initial genesis quite clearly.

My interest in dreams comes from this notion of realizing that when you dream you create the world that you are perceiving, and I thought that feedback loop was pretty amazing.

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I studied English Literature. I wasn’t a very good student, but one thing I did get from it, while I was making films at the same time with the college film society, was that I started thinking about the narrative freedoms that authors had enjoyed for centuries and it seemed to me that filmmakers should enjoy those freedoms as well.

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Movie logistics never really allow you to do anything but shoot the way the budget dictates.

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The film that really struck me was Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.

That was a film I watched many, many times and found endlessly fascinating in it's density. I think the density of that film is primarily visual density, atmospheric, sound density, moreso than narrative density.

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The real truth of that is that much as you want to believe that it's you being on top of everything, you're actually relying massively on the people around you.

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Revenge is a particularly interesting concept, especially the notion of whether or not it exists outside of just an abstract idea.

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I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.

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I never meet anybody who actually likes the format, and it’s always a source of great concern to me when you’re charging a higher price for something that nobody seems to really say they have any great love for.

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I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he'll miss me, but he's never been particularly sentimental.

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We shouldn't be chasing other movies, but stay true to the tone of Man of Steel.

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I like films that don't have that unonimity of a response;

that don't have consensus in the audience. What it is essentially for me is that if you go back and watch the film a second time, do you feel that you've been played fair with? Are all the clues in place? Indeed, sometimes these things are even overstated. Specifically, for that reason.

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There's very few directors I think in this industry that would pitch to a studio that they wanted to do a multi-layered almost at times existential high action, high drama surreal film that's sort of locked in his mind. And then have an opportunity to do that.

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George Lazenby is no one's favorite James Bond, but for me the anonymity at the center of this lavish production only serves to reveal the Bond machine firing on all cylinders: superb editing and photography, incredible score, great setpieces. The most romantic in the series, and it actually has, of all things, a tragic ending.

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If I could steal someone's dream myself, I'd have to go for one of Orson Welles.

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I think the films Insomnia and Memento share all sorts of thematic concerns, such as the relationship between motivation and action, and the difficulty of reconciling your view of the story with the supposed objective view of that story.

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The atmosphere and the environment that you get on a Chris Nolan film that he and Emma [Tomson] create is one where you feel very safe and very confident and able to experiment with characters. It's a great place to be as an actor.

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I've always been a movie guy, movies have been my thing. I love movies, all kinds of movies.

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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.

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I try to be as efficient as possible because in my process, I think that actually helps the work. I like having the pressure of time and money and really trying to stick to the parameters we've been given.

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Period films to me are very often alienating to the audience.

There's very often a formality. A staunchy quality to them that comes from the misenscene. It also comes from the performances of the actors, because they're acting Victorian which really means that they're just acting the way they've seen previous actors act Victorian.

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Batman and Superman are very different characters but they're both iconic and elemental. Finding the right story for them both is the key.

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I think there's a vague sense out there that movies are becoming more and more unreal. I know I've felt it.

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What I try to do is write from the inside out.

I really try to jump into the world of the film and the characters, try to imagine myself in that world rather than imagining it as a film I'm watching onscreen. Sometimes, that means I'm discovering things the way the audience will, with character and story.

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As far as the dreams go, really I would only point to there are times in my life where I experienced lucid dreaming, which is a big feature of Inception - the idea of realizing you're in a dream and therefore trying to change or manipulate it in some way. That's a very striking experience for people who have it.

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It's difficult to keep anything fresh for an audience these days.

With technology being what it is people seem to know everything there is to know about a film before you've even made it.

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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.

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Film is the best way to capture an image and project that image. It just is, hands down.

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To be honest, I don't enjoy watching movies much when I'm working.

They tend to fall apart on me a bit.

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The film's title star, Christian Bale, told me in June that he'd signed a multi-picture contract. When I caught up with Batman Begins ... All I can tell you is, we're talking. There was quite an air of secrecy around the development of 'Batman Begins,' and there will be even more around the development of another film, if they move forward.

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I'm taking a bit of a wait-and-see attitude towards 3D.

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I have always been a big fan of the character and am more of a moviegoer than a comic book guy, there is always something about the character of Batman that is very elemental. There is a great powerful myth to the character and romantic element that draws from a lot of literary sources

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