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Memento

Claire Molloy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637713
eISBN:
9780748671007
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637713.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Ambiguous, complex and innovative, Christopher Nolan's Memento has intrigued audiences and critics since the day of its release. Memento is the archetypal ‘puzzle film’, a noir thriller about a man ... More


Christopher Nolan: The Director and his Work

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents a brief biography of Christopher Nolan, outlining his life so far. From his earliest short films, it is clear that Nolan has been interested in strange states of mind, illusions ... More


A Dark Knight on Elm Street: Discursive Regimes of (Sub)Cultural Value, Paratextual Bonding, and the Perils of Remaking and Rebooting Canonical Horror Cinema

William Proctor

in Film Reboots

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474451369
eISBN:
9781474490641
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474451369.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyses A Nightmare on Elm Street as a remake of the 1984 film and a reboot to the Elm Street franchise. Part of this rebooting entailed establishing a complex authorial identity for ... More


The Industrial Context of Inception: From Production to Premiere

David Carter

in Constellations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter traces the production history of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Nolan first tried out his treatment for Inception with Warner Bros. after making Memento (2000), but then realised ... More


Christopher Nolan

Jason Wood

in Last Words: Considering Contemporary Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171977
eISBN:
9780231850698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.003.0018
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents an interview with filmmaker Christopher Nolan. His feature debut was Following (1988), a low-budget noir thriller co-written with his brother Jonathan. The film gained ... More


Further Lines of Inquiry

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores further lines of inquiry for Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Christopher Nolan has said that he cannot cut a film without considering whose point of view the shot ... More


Inception

David Carter

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) is a difficult film to categorize. It partakes of various genres, blurring the distinctions between them. It is science fiction, but it does not contain many of ... More


Inception and the Arts

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at the specific artistic references in Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). One artist is referred to by indirect reference and visual simulation of some of his works, and another ... More


So What Really Happened? Memento, Fans and Online Interpretive Strategies

Claire Molloy

in Memento

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637713
eISBN:
9780748671007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637713.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the public discourse on Memento. It also examines how this developed within Internet communities. It then returns to the issue of categorising Memento as an independent film and ... More


Knowing, Framing, and Enframing

Stephen Mulhall

in The Ascetic Ideal: Genealogies of Life-Denial in Religion, Morality, Art, Science, and Philosophy

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780192896889
eISBN:
9780191919169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896889.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Aesthetics

The first half of this chapter is an exercise in the philosophy of film, which treats Christopher Nolan’s body of cinematic work as Nietzsche treats a Wagner opera in the final essay of the ... More


The Ending: Dreams, Reality and Ambiguity

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter evaluates the ambiguous ending of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Nolan has left the audience with the challenge of the final shot of Cobb's spinning top. The image abruptly cuts ... More


Dreams and the Cinema

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the oneiric film theory which claims that the experience of cinema is akin to that of dreaming, before considering what methods are used in Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) ... More


Critical Reception

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses the critical reception of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Rarely in the press and media is popular cinema, of which Inception is surely an example, subject to rigorous ... More


Last Words: Considering Contemporary Cinema

Jason Wood

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171977
eISBN:
9780231850698
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book features interviews with Christopher Nolan, Harmony Korine, Charlie Kaufmann, Nicolas Winding Refn, Wim Wenders, Michael Winterbottom, Christian Petzhold, and many others. Each interview is ... More


Introductory Remarks

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Inception blurs the distinctions between various genres. It is considered as science fiction although it does ... More


Non-Linear Narrative

Bruce Lsaacs

in New Punk Cinema

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748620340
eISBN:
9780748671052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620340.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter begins with a discussion of features common to the studio film. It suggests that locating the impetus for new punk cinema, particularly in terms of narrative experimentation, requires a ... More


The Question of Genre

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the genre of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Nolan changed his mind several times about what kind of film he wanted to make. This led him to view the material at ... More


Making It Real

Steven Rubio

in New Punk Cinema

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748620340
eISBN:
9780748671052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620340.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In recent years various filmmakers have come along who have been influenced by punk culture. Many of these filmmakers operate within what can loosely by described as ‘indie’ film. This chapter ... More


An Infinite Memento

Todd McGowan

in Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816669950
eISBN:
9781452947099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816669950.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This concluding chapter examines how Christopher Nolan’s film Memento (2000) summarized the significance of atemporality as a method used in contemporary films with the aid of digital technology. The ... More


Cobb’s ‘Emotional Journey’: From Guilt to Redemption

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter investigates the development of Cobb's character in Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). It reveals how Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) progresses from a haunted, guilt-ridden man through the ... More


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