Christopher Nolan.s Dark Knight trilogy is a family of films full of incredible, memorable moments. Filmmakers are often very cagey when it comes to saying one scene or another is their favorite (like parents saying they love all their children equally), but Nolan recently revealed that he does in fact have a preferred scene from the saga, and it is indeed a doozy. Talking with Foxcatcher and Moneyball director Bennett Miller at the Tribeca Film Festival recently, as witnessed by Long Live Cinema, Nolan was asked what scene from his trio of Batman films is his favorite, and he wasted little time disclosing that it is that incredible scene where Bane (Tom Hardy) and his cronies hijack a plane in midair early in The Dark Knight Rises. That is definitely an intense scene in an intense movie, and one that was crazy complex to film as Nolan tried to »
Christopher Nolan's movies have grossed more than $4 billion and sparked endless discussions, but which scene is the filmmaker most proud of?
During a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, Nolan revealed that he was most impressed with the opening action sequence in The Dark Knight Rises.
The planned five-day shoot was actually completed by Nolan's team in just two days, and included a real plane being dropped out of the sky.
"It was sort of an incredible coming together of lots and lots of planning by a lot of members of the team who worked for months rehearsing all these parachute jumps," Nolan recalled at the film festival this week. »
Director Christopher Nolan has come aboard Martin Scorsese's film preservation nonprofit Film Foundation, which has resurrected classics since 1990 including Powell and Pressburger's "Tales of Hoffmann" earlier this year. He joins a top-drawer coterie of members that already includes Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. Nolan, like Scorsese, has long been outspoken and passionate about celluloid, and prefers to shoot his movies on film. At a recent Getty Museum summit, as reported by Variety, Christopher Nolan made a rallying cry to save the medium: "There’s a reason filmmakers get very excited about shooting film and seeing film prints, and we have to communicate that to audiences around the world." Read More: How Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker Restored the Luster of Michael Powell and »
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Scorsese, the founder and chair of the organization, noted that Nolan has been a longtime advocate of sustaining celluloid film in the digital era.
“Chris’s passion, knowledge and dedication to film is unparalleled,” he said. “He spearheaded the growing movement to ensure that film stock continues to be available for production and preservation. I know that his commitment to film and its preservation will be enormously helpful to the work of the foundation.”
Nolan’s “Interstellar” opened first at 240 film-using theaters in the U.S. last November, two days prior to its wide release in theaters using digital projection. Nolan shot the movie with a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm Imax.
“I’m honored to become a part of the pioneering and essential work of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, »
- Dave McNary
Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation has added director Christopher Nolan to its board of directors. The Foundation is dedicated to film preservation, and Nolan joins a roster that looks like the Justice League of America, if its members were superhero filmmakers. Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg are also on the… »
Last night during a talk at the Tribeca Film Festival (hosted by Foxcatcher and Capote director Bennett Miller), Christopher Nolan was asked what sequence from his movies is his favorite, and his answer may surprise you. I thought for sure it would be the opening bank scene from The Dark Knight or a sequence from Inception, but Nolan says his favorite is the airplane kidnapping scene from The Dark Knight Rises. The director went on to talk about shooting the sequence. It took us about two »
- Jesse Giroux
I have a theory about the upcoming Batman v Superman movie that I imagine not many people will like or agree with. I will tell you anyway, as I feel there are some valid points that back it up.
Jeremy Irons, who we have been told is playing Alfred in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is actually playing Bruce Wayne, and Ben Affleck is therefore likely playing a version of Robin who will wear the iconic suit.
The first reason that led me to conclusion is that there are rumours about many characters already being dead by the time the film takes place, such as Commissioner Gordon. If we believe this to be true, we all assume he has been killed by the Joker or someone else. But we could be wrong. Maybe he was just old? »
- Thomas Roach
As an interview subject, Christopher Nolan is an expert diplomat: He’s great at sounding forthright while not saying anything particularly revealing. But, holding forth on his career in an hour-long conversation with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller at the Tribeca Film Festival last night, the Dark Knight and Inception director did open up at a couple of points. Maybe it was the fact that he was talking shop with a fellow filmmaker, but Nolan seemed refreshingly reflective, particularly as he discussed some of the opportunities he’d been given in his career.“If there’s one thing that I’ve been fortunate in, in my development as a filmmaker, it’s that I’ve always worked at a comfortable scale,” Nolan said. “I started very very small [with the no-budget feature Following]. Then, after I had done Following … I was able to show people the script for Memento, and it had a similarly nonlinear structure. »
- Bilge Ebiri
On Monday evening, Christopher Nolan, acclaimed director of "Memento," Inception" and "Interstellar" visited the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival for one of their Tribeca Talks panels. His moderator was Bennett Miller, acclaimed director of "Moneyball" and "Foxcatcher." Throughout the panel, Miller kept the focus mostly on Nolan's filmmaking history, his influences, his processes and his family, but did manage to include a story referencing Amy Pascal and his own experiences with studios. Check out the highlights from the panel below which dive into Nolan's process: Nolan's first memory of film."My first memory of going to a film is probably seeing 'Snow White' in re-release," Nolan said. "I very much remember seeing the evil witch, the evil queen who transforms herself into the witch, with the apple and »
- Casey Cipriani
While the mechanics of Christopher Nolan's films can be divisive, there's no denying that he's is one of the best at enacting spectacle on the big screen —his achievements as such include the docking sequence in his most recent "Interstellar" to the sleight-of-hand in "The Prestige" to the tilted hallway fight of the mind-bending "Inception." During a talk last night at the Tribeca Film Festival hosted by Bennett Miller, Nolan was asked to choose which of his blockbuster sequences was his favorite. And he selected the pretty terrific opening airplane kidnapping scene from "The Dark Knight Rises." “It took us about two days in Scotland," he explained about the sequence, which you can watch below. "And it was an incredible sort of coming together of months and months of planning by a lot of different members of the team who worked for months rehearsing these parachute jumps and wind walking, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: Darren Paul Fisher
Running Time: 105 mins
If Christopher Nolan decided to make an X-men movie, this is pretty much how it would end up. Darren Paul Fisher’s Frequencies is a defiantly high-minded science-fiction romance set in a society not unlike our own, but steered by chilly scientific principles. Factors such as luck and destiny are quantified and the progress of children strictly monitored.
Opening in a school for gifted youngsters, we learn their lives will be determined by their “frequencies” – powerful internal forces that can disrupt the environment around them. Marie and Zak enter into a series of experiments designed to test a dangerous idea. She is high frequency, he is low. If they spend more than a minute together calamitous things happen, such as freak weather conditions or things falling from planes. As a prodigy her interest is purely scientific, »
- Steve Palace
The big opening at Tribeca on Sunday was Name’s Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first indie role, as a father in a zombie-style apocalypse who has to deal with the infection of his daughter. However, your humble correspondent won’t be able to see that film until later this week. Fortunately, there were no shortage of films to report on Sunday and Monday, and one of them actually did star a Teutonic titan.
That film is Virgin Mountain, whose title in Swedish is Fusi, after the main character played by Gunnar Jonsson. Fusi is a sexless 43-year-old, but no one should confuse this film with The 40-Year-Old Virgin. There’s no slapstick in play here, and not even that much fun; most shots in the film are what I like to call “Sad Verb” shots, where the lead character morosely performs alone in a scene designed to make the audience say “awwwww… »
- Mark Young
Christopher Nolan and Bennett Miller shared the stage in lower Manhattan Monday as the two directors participated in a Tribeca Film Festival discussion about the craft of filmmaking and working within the studio system. Miller ostensibly served as the interviewer, exploring the themes of Nolan's films and talking to the Interstellar director about how he got into filmmaking, what drives him, and the challenges of making movies for major studios and in the current economic climate. But the Foxcatcher director still shared a number of his own thought-provoking insights and a juicy story about how, while he was working
- Hilary Lewis
Thanking fans for turning out for the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice IMAX trailer event this evening, director Zack Snyder tweeted out the following hi-res look at Ben Affleck's Batman costume from the film, which appears decidedly buffer than the Batman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. As for the trailer even tonight, it apparently was the same trailer that hit the Internet at the end of last week (see below) with an additional six seconds attached to the end. What were those additional six secondsc MTV has a report that says, "After cutting to the logo, we see a close-up of Superman's infuriated face. He starts to run. Batman starts to run towards him. They jump in the air, and as they're about to punch, cut to black." On top of the footage fans also received copies of the IMAX posters I featured last night »
- Brad Brevet
Christopher Nolan described his filmmaking process as “some combination of intuition and geometry” in one of the Tribeca Talks series of public conversations at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
“I don’t write a story outline,” he told a packed house of festivalgoers during the discussion with fellow director Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher,” “Moneyball”). “Usually my answer right off the bat is that I work intuitively, but I draw a lot of diagrams when I work. I do a lot of thinking about etchings by Escher, for instance. That frees me, finding a mathematical model or a scientific model. I’ll draw pictures and diagrams that illustrate the movement or the rhythm than I’m after.”
Intuition, he noted, comes to the fore in his editing process. “I’ve always edited in a huge hurry, tried to catch that lightning in a bottle, just so the energy is there,” he said. “I »
- Gordon Cox
Director Bennett Miller went mano a mano with director Christopher Nolan Monday evening before a packed, film-crazy crowd at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Actually, the Tribeca Film Festival event was more bromance than smackdown, as Miller (Foxcatcher, Moneyball, Capote) played admiring interlocutor to the amiable Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, Memento). Their only prior work together had been in the area of keeping the use of film stock alive. After running… »
Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman have quite the cinematic partnership. Whether it’s Cold War dramas in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or venturing into the superhero mainstream for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the acting duo have tinkered and tailored in a variety of genres. For their latest outing, Hardy and Oldman will circle back to the Cold War for Daniel Espinosa’s adaptation, Child 44.
Lifted from the pages of Tom Rob Smith’s novel, the thriller centers on a search for sinister serial killer circa 1953. As we alluded to before, Tom Hardy will play the part of Leo Demidov, a well-respected agent who loses his badge and honor when he stands by his wife (Noomi Rapace) as she comes under question for being a traitor. With a cast list that also boasts Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel, Child 44 is certainly one »
- Michael Briers
Film4 sits down with great directors including Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Ben Wheatley, Steve McQueen, Joe Carnahan and Lone Scherfig to candidly talk the art of filmmaking, where and how they got started, and their fears. One thing, which is said by Mark Romanek, is true for even the most ruthless of the bunch: "Every director... goes in in the morning terrified that what they're doing is not going to work." Read More: David Fincher Reveals "Gone Girl" Secrets, and Whose Side He's Really On Ryan Lattanzio is the staff writer for Toh at Indiewire. Follow him on Twitter. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The game in Game of Thrones has always been a long one. Long-standing grudges animate contemporary scuffles; ancient prophecies fuel current obsessions. Individual character arcs have a massive, historic sweep. Even if you haven’t read the books, you watch the show at least half-aware that there are 4,000-plus pages of novel out there, tracing out the past and future of these complex, protracted journeys.But we’ve also reached a kind of crossroads in that meta-story, in that we know the show is diverging from the books and will eventually outpace its own source material, like some kind of strange, semi-sentient plot contraption Christopher Nolan might have dreamed up. For me, this backstory gave a little extra jolt to “The House of Black and White,” which was written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and directed, like the season premiere, by Michael Slovis. There’s something exciting — and I’d guess unnerving, »
- Nina Shen Rastogi
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