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Though many directors make their defining films midway through their careers, their most revealing work usually comes at the beginning. With greater success comes bigger budgets and fewer people willing to say no, but when working on shoestrings and putting financial stability, directors are forced to make tougher decisions, and you see where their sensibilities really lie. Following was shot and directed by Christopher Nolan on weekends over the course of a year when he was still in his twenties, and clocks in at a trim 70 minutes. The $6000 budget was stretched to its absolute limit, going mostly towards inky black film stock, which was just about all they could afford. You'd barely recognize it from the nine-figure budgets that he got for Dark Knight Rises and Inception, but Following is Christopher Nolan stripped to his absolute core, largely free of gimmicks and, given what came in its wake, surprisingly raw. »

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