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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Metalepsis and Metaphysics

Duncan Kennedy

in Metalepsis: Ancient Texts, New Perspectives

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198846987
eISBN:
9780191881930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846987.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the narratological concept of metalepsis in relation to metaphysical texts, investigating how competing metaphysical assumptions affect the ways in which metalepsis is thought ... More


The Albany Moment, 1753–55

Andrew D. M. Beaumont

in Colonial America and the Earl of Halifax, 1748–1761

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198723974
eISBN:
9780191791277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723974.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Political History

This chapter examines the conflict between crown and local interests in New York in 1753, and the leadership crisis following the appointment of Sir Danvers Osborn as governor. The chapter goes on to ... More


Incomplete Time Series

Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne

in Time in Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199675319
eISBN:
9780191819674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675319.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Incompleteness in fictional time series is considered. A fiction might leave it indefinite how long a certain event lasts, or which other fictional events it is simultaneous with (as in C. S. Lewis’s ... More


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