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The Cinema of Christopher Nolan


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This wonderful collection offers a deeply insightful exploration of Nolan's impossibly brilliant cinema. In new and exciting ways each essay throws light on the visions and crises that heat and freeze each of his films. A must have for anyone interested in the terrifying beauty of contemporary cinema. -- Sean Redmond, Deakin University Unlocking new dimensions in the puzzles of Christopher Nolan's films, this well-rounded collection offers fresh perspectives on an influential auteur who is still creating ambitious and ambiguous dream worlds. Fans and scholars will enjoy this thought-provoking, richly detailed, and multi-disciplinary set of essays that venture into the maze of Nolan's cerebral and kinetic visions. -- Anna Froula, East Carolina University

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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

About the Author

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


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

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