The Cinema of Christopher Nolan

Imagining the Impossible

Edited by Jacqueline Furby and Stuart Joy

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of Christopher Nolan

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Pub Date: August 2015

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The Cinema of Christopher Nolan

Imagining the Impossible

Edited by Jacqueline Furby and Stuart Joy

Wallflower Press

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.
Ably edited by Furby and Joy, this collection bids fair to become the go-to resource for those seeking serious analysis of the director's work... This is a smashing success and a must-have for cineasts. Choice
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 Ní 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

About the Author

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