The Cinema of Christopher Nolan: Imagining the Impossible (Directors' Cuts)

The Cinema of Christopher Nolan: Imagining the Impossible (Directors' Cuts)

By: Jacqueline Furby (editor), Stuart Joy (editor)Paperback

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Over the past fifteen years, writer, producer and director Christopher Nolan has emerged from the margins of independent British cinema to become one of the most commercially successful directors in Hollywood. From Following (1998) to Interstellar (2014), Christopher Nolan's films explore philosophical concerns by experimenting with nonlinear storytelling while also working within classical Hollywood narrative and genre frameworks. Contextualizing and closely reading each of his films, this collection examines the director's play with memory, time, trauma, masculinity, and identity, and considers the function of music and video games and the effect of IMAX on his work.

About Author

Jacqueline Furby is senior lecturer in film and Stuart Joy is associate lecturer in film and television at Southampton Solent University.

Contents

Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Foreword: Are You Watching Closely?, by Will Brooker Introduction: Dreaming a Little Bigger, Darling, by Stuart Joy 1. Developing an Auteur Through Reviews: The Critical Surround of Christopher Nolan, by Erin Hill-Parks 2. Cinephilia Writ Large: IMAX in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, by Allison Whitney 3. Nolan's Immersive Allegories of Filmmaking in Inception and The Prestige, by Jonathan Olson 4. Saints, Sinners and Terrorists: The Women of Christopher Nolan's Gotham, by Tosha Taylor 5. Memento's Postmodern Noir Fantasy: Place, Domesticity and Gender Identity, by Margaret A. Toth 6. Men in Crisis: Christopher Nolan, Un-truths and Fictionalising Masculinity, by Peter Deakin 7. Representing Trauma: Grief, Amnesia and Traumatic Memory in Nolan's New Millennial Films, by Fran Pheasant-Kelly 8. 'The dream has become their reality': Infinite Regression in Christopher Nolan's Memento and Inception, by Lisa K. Perdigao 9. Revisiting the Scene of the Crime: Insomnia and the Return of the Repressed, by Stuart Joy 10. 'You keep telling yourself what you know, but what do you believe?': Cultural Spin, Puzzle Films and Mind Games in the Cinema of Christopher Nolan, by Sorcha Ni Fhlainn 11. Stumbling Over the Superhero: Christopher Nolan's Victories and Compromises, by Todd McGowan 12. Inception's Singular Lack of Unity Among Christopher Nolan's Puzzle Films, by Andrew Kania 13. Inception's Video Game Logic, by Warren Buckland 14. On the Work of the Double in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, by Kwasu David Tembo 15. No End in Sight: The Existential Temporality of Following, by Erin Kealey 16. Hearing Music in Dreams: Towards the Semiotic Role of Music in Nolan's Inception, by Felix Engel and Janina Wildfeuer 17. About Time Too: From Interstellar to Following, Christopher Nolan's Continuing Preoccupation with Time-Travel, by Jacqueline Furby Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780231173971
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780231173971
  • ISBN10: 0231173970

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