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Watch: Christopher Nolan's 'Anatomy Of A Scene' For 'Interstellar' Plus Jessica Chastain's Nasa PSA

30 December 2014 8:48 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

First highly anticipated, and then upon its release equally divisive, even nearly two months since it landed in theaters, Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" continues to stir debate and chatter. But perhaps the one thing that everyone can agree on is that despite the Dylan Thomas poem recitals, hokey love vs. science theme, and needless inclusion of Topher Grace, "Interstellar" is an accomplished piece of filmmaking. And this New York Times "Anatomy Of A Scene" segment is a reminder of the lengths Nolan went to fully immerse viewers into the big-screen experience. The director narrates the sequence that finds Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway making a tricky landing on a watery planet. It's a tense moment, but just as remarkable is how little of it is CGI. As Nolan reminds us, for the production of "Insterstellar" they built life-size ships to film in, mounting cameras both inside and out, and created »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 24-Minute 'Anatomy Of A Scene' Documentary On The Making Of Christopher Nolan's 'Memento'

20 November 2014 1:47 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

These days, Christopher Nolan is known for his big-budget, tentpole spectacles. “The Dark Knight” trilogy. “Inception.” "Interstellar.” But we can’t forget the director’s much smaller, more indie pedigree. While Nolan’s first film, “Following” didn’t do much business at all, it put him on the map, and he seized the opportunity with “Memento." Told “backwards,” the film stars Guy Pearce as Leonard, a man with no short-term memory on a quest to find his wife’s murderer. To keep track of the clues he unearths, he tattoos vital information on his body. The film bucked convention, jumping chronologically, alternating black and white with color, and depicting many scenes in reverse, so that audiences saw the end first, and then watched events unfold that led there. If you're a fan of the film, this Sundance Channel "Anatomy Of A Scene" documentary on the making of the movie is worth a watch. »

- Zach Hollwedel

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