2023 Author: Leah Sherlock | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:26
At present, more and more people are inclined to think that modern cinema is gradually ceasing to be an art. Money has a strong influence on the development of the industry. Now making a movie is more of a business where producers, actors, their agents play the leading role, but not directors, who, it would seem, are of paramount importance on the set. These people, who once led the process, have turned, to exaggerate slightly, into service personnel. However, there are exceptions.
An excellent example of the triumph of art over business is shown to the whole world by Christopher Nolan. The filmography of this eminent director cannot boast of its multiplicity. However, those films that the Englishman managed to shoot during his career are a good lesson for others: how to make great movies, while earning crazy fees.
On July 30, 1970, Christopher Nolan was born in the British capital London. His father,An Englishman by origin, he was engaged in the advertising business. The American mother worked as a flight attendant. Because of the work of his parents, the boy lived in two countries for a long time: he spent part of the year in the sunny regions of the United States, and the other half in foggy Albion. Having become an adult, Christopher received citizenship of both the first and second countries.
His passion for cinema began as a child. At the age of seven, the boy first saw the picture "Star Wars" and fell in love with this art form. Finding his father's 8mm camera, he began filming his first commercials. Parents in no way resisted the hobby of their son. Later, his father bought another camera for Christopher, on which the first film of the future eminent director was shot. The main characters of the picture were the boy's toy soldiers.
Youth and love
After graduating from high school, Christopher Nolan enters college, which is a branch of the University of London (University College London). In the educational institution, the main subject studied was classical English literature. As the director himself notes, it was the love of reading that became a huge help for further writing scripts. While studying in college, the young man meets Emma Thomas, who initially becomes his partner in business, and then in life.
Not looking up from the learning process, the future famous director Christopher Nolan continues to shoot. His short masterpieces were of quite high quality, and the semantic load of the paintings attracted a special attention to them.public attention.
The desire to fully surrender to the passion of directing spurred Nolan to create his own film company Sincopy Films. The project was led by his wife, Mrs. Emma Christopher Nolan. The filmography of the director began with a short film called "Pursuit". This tape made the director quite famous in Europe. The shooting of the picture lasted about a year, the reason for which was the lack of enough free time (after all, the actors, and Christopher himself and his wife worked in other places) and money.
It is noteworthy that the film's budget did not exceed six thousand dollars. However, at the box office, the picture collected about 50 thousand. As Christopher Nolan himself admits, he was very pleased that the team managed to shoot, edit and release the film without debt. After the release of this picture, the young man was noticed by large production companies, which offered him to start shooting feature films.
In 2000, the first full-fledged film was released on the big screens, directed by Christopher Nolan. "Remember" - this is the name of the psychological thriller, which made a splash among fans of quality cinema. The film tells the viewer the story of a man who, having a rare memory disorder, is still trying to unravel the mysterious death of his wife. The idea and staging of the filming of the picture made it clear to the critics that they had a new and immensely talented director in front of them.
The picture wonwildly popular all over the world and, as expected, brought its creator worldwide fame. At the same time, this project turned out to be very profitable financially: the budget included in the film paid off almost five times.
Combination of art and business
Two years after the director's successful film debut, Nolan's next creation is released - a picture called "Insomnia". Starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams. Like the previous one, this tape was not only well received by viewers and critics, but also brought its creators a good profit.
It should be noted that all of Christopher Nolan's films are the perfect combination of art and business. The gift to make pictures that are interesting to the viewer, which at the same time bring an excellent income, made the Englishman one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood.
The first part of the Batman trilogy
After the successful release of Insomnia, Christopher Nolan was noticed by agents of Warner Bros. For a long time, representatives of this studio were looking for a person who could once again revive the viewer's interest in the film "Batman". It was decided to approve Christopher Nolan as the main director for the continuation of the disastrous film. In collaboration with David S. Goyer, the Englishman began to think hard about the future project.
The result pleased not only Warner Bros, but the entire world community. The first part of the Batman trilogy "Batman Begins" was released inlight in 2005 and immediately earned the love of critics and viewers. The award for successful work was the prizes of various film festivals and even a nomination for an Oscar. It is noteworthy that although this film did not turn out to be super profitable, the primary task was completed: the interest of the audience in the comic book character was revived.
Prestige and The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan's films the audience is waiting like Christmas: any picture of a talented director turns out to be outstanding and breaks a standing ovation. In 2006, a new creation of the maestro called "Prestige" comes out on big screens around the world. Like the previous ones, this masterpiece did not leave anyone indifferent. However, the public was looking forward to the release of the continuation of the story about the man-bat.
And in 2008, queues in theaters for a picture called "The Dark Knight" broke all unthinkable records. Critics applauded, the audience gasped with delight, Christopher Nolan reaped the laurels. And the only person who did not live to see the triumph of the picture was Heath Ledger. The actor tragically died at the peak of his career before the release of the tape.
The film also broke all records for the number of awards: eight Oscar nominations were proof of that. The negative character Joker, performed by Heath Ledger, who left this world, was recognized by critics as one of the best heroes in the history of cinema.
Walking into dreams
In 2010, another film was released to the delight of the audience, directed byis Christopher Nolan, - "The Beginning". The script for this masterpiece was written long before the young man joined Warner Bros. As a young man, Nolan was greatly influenced by the book "Water Country" written by Graham Swift. For a long time, Christopher's consciousness did not leave the desire to write a script describing the existence of a person in parallel time periods. Then he decided to supply the narrative with mystical events from human dreams. Adding industrial espionage to this "cocktail", the director got an amazing result.
However, there was no money to implement the idea. The studio refused to provide them due to the director's lack of experience, and the maestro himself did not have enough funds for the whole idea. After several successful projects, the company's decision changed, and the film "Inception" was still released. The intricate interweaving of events, existence in parallel worlds, theft of information through dreams, fantastic special effects and a subtle philosophical component - all this was the reason for the incredible success of the film.
Critics, not without reason, called this masterpiece touching not only the mind, but also the inner strings of the soul. Many compared the picture with the notorious "Matrix". Like many other films directed by Christopher Nolan, this creation has received many awards. At the annual Academy Awards, the film was nominated for a prize in eight categories. The golden figurines brought four of them.
Continuing to make comics reality
Quiteshortly after the triumphant march around the planet of the picture "Inception", Christopher Nolan releases the third masterpiece part of the Batman story - "The Dark Knight Rises". Released in 2012, the masterpiece brought its creators more than one billion dollars. It is noteworthy that, although the public was delighted with this tape, critics recognized its weakness compared to the second part. Literally a year later, the director releases another film called "Man of Steel". The picture turned out good, but both critics and the public admitted that this tape is somewhat lost against the background of Nolan's previous works.
In 2014 two more films by Christopher are planned to be released. The premiere of the first picture called "Excellence" in the United States was held on April 18. Based on the opinion of film critics, the tape turned out to be somewhat unsuccessful. Let's wait for the world premiere: what will the public say.
In November 2014, the release of a tape called "Instellar" is scheduled. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, who received a standing ovation for his character in the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club. Let's see if he and Nolan manage to make the film as masterpiece as the director's previous creations. In the more distant future, another movie is scheduled to be released - Batman v Superman. According to preliminary estimates, this creation of Nolan expects a huge success. However, let's not look that far, but wait until 2016, when the premiere of the expected film is scheduled.
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