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The Nolan Variations

Tom Shone

A rare, intimate portrait of Hollywood’s reigning ‘blockbuster auteur’ whose deeply personal billion-dollar movies have established him as the most successful director to come out of the British Isles since Alfred Hitchcock.

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£30.00
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571347988
Date Published
05.11.2020
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Summary

A rare, intimate portrait of Hollywood’s reigning ‘blockbuster auteur’ whose deeply personal billion-dollar movies have established him as the most successful director to come out of the British Isles since Alfred Hitchcock.

‘A masterclass . . . brilliant. Immersive, detailed, meticulous, privileged inside-dope.’ – Craig Raine

More than just the tinkerings of a glass watchmaker, Christopher Nolan’s films have an unerring grasp of the way time makes us feel. Time steals people away in his films, and he takes careful note of the theft. Time is Nolan’s great antagonist, his lifelong nemesis. He seems almost to take it personally.

Written with the full cooperation of Nolan himself, who granted Tom Shone access to never-before-seen photographs, storyboards and sketches, the book is a deep-dive into the director’s films, influences, methods and obsessions. Here for the first time is Nolan on his dislocated, transatlantic childhood, how he dreamed up the plot of Inception lying awake one night in his dorm at school, his colour-blindness and its effect on Memento, his obsession with puzzles and optical illusions — and much, much more. Written by one of our most penetrating critics, The Nolan Variations is a landmark study of one of the twenty-first century’s most dazzling cinematic artists.

‘Christopher Nolan is a wonderfully unlikely contemporary filmmaker. We’re fortunate indeed to have him, and fortunate now to have this book.’ – William Gibson

Critic Reviews

‘A masterclass . . . brilliant. Immersive, detailed, meticulous, privileged inside-dope.

Craig Raine
Critic Reviews

Christopher Nolan is a wonderfully unlikely contemporary filmmaker. We’re fortunate indeed to have him, and fortunate now to have this book.

Critic Reviews

The Nolan Variations is that rare thing. A superb book about a living filmmaker.

Critic Reviews

A study as subtle and gripping as the work of the great director himself.

Tom Holland, author of Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind
Critic Reviews

‘Fans of Nolan’s films will find this revealing book invaluable.’

Kirkus
Critic Reviews

Fabulous: intelligent, illuminating, rigorous, and highly readable. It is the very model of what a filmmaking study should be. Essential reading for anyone who cares about Nolan or about film for that matter.

Neal Gabler, author of An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood and Walt Disney, The Biography
TomShone

Tom Shone was the film critic of the Sunday Times from 1994 until 1999. He is the author of five books, including Tarantino: A Retrospective and Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Intelligent Life and Vogue. He currently teaches film history and criticism at New York…

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