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    Some directors learn their craft in school. Others acquire skills on the job. Christopher Nolan, who never studied film, seems to just have cinema in his blood. In this clip from a new interview on our special edition release of his debut film, Following, Nolan describes his very early beginnings in the medium and reveals how far resourcefulness and passion can go in getting movies made.

    The DIY innovation of Following, a striking psychological noir shot on 16 mm and a shoestring budget, is apparent from its beginning. The film’s complex chronology, rhythmic editing, and handheld yet precise camera work demonstrate how technically assured Nolan already was. Watch this extended sequence from the opening, in which the mysterious protagonist starts to give “an account of what happened,” kicking off the film’s flashback narrative.

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  • By Carlos Rivera Fernandez
    September 01, 2016
    09:46 PM

    I love Nolan. I love the type of filmmaker he is and I love what he's done. But he has a big problem - he explains too much. Ellen Page's character in Inception was created solely for exposition, and Interstellar, well, the dialogue in the tesseract sounds more like a thesis for what could be inside of a black hole rather than dialogue between two characters inside of one. But he's not always been doing this. Spoilers for Following below. In Following, after the beans are spilled on what happened to the protagonist and his girlfriend, the last shot of the film is Cobb disappearing into the crowd of oncoming people. The nature of the character is left ambiguous, causing us to be ever more intrigued as to who he is exactly. That's incredible filmmaking, because then, when come back to revisit the film, it only leaves us leave with a different interpretation each time as to who Cobb really is. I think that Nolan just forgot that he doesn't have to explain everything. Yes, his films have gotten more and more technically impressive, but I wish he could go back and look at what he did in his earlier films and see how incredibly powerful that was, especially for a first-time director. That being said, I'm incredibly excited for Dunkirk and I do in fact pretty much love all his movies (except Insomnia, which I just find pretty good, and I haven't seen Memento).