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Christopher Nolan is an innovative film director and screenwriter who's helmed several early 21st century megahits, including Memento, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.
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The film was another critically lauded blockbuster for the director, and won four Academy Awards for its technical wizardry. Nolan followed Inception with the third blockbuster film in the Batman franchise, 2012's The Dark Knight Rises,
this time starring Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Marion Cotillard (who was also in Inception) as Miranda Tate.
Nolan was the sole screenwriter for Following and Inception. Excluding Insomnia, he has shared writing credits for his other films with Jonathan Nolan, among others.
Nolan's movies are known for their intellectualism, psychological depth and unorthodox storytelling. Both Following and Memento had non-chronological narrative structures, with Memento receiving much of its attention for unfolding episodically in backwards time. And Inception has stories that exist within other stories, as the characters explore the realm of a person's highly layered unconscious mind.
The director's work has also focused on male protagonists who try to come to grips with their past while working through complex challenges of the present day. Women in his films have been written as allies and/or romantic interests, some of whom become casualties as well.
Nolan imbues vivid artistic sensibilities into films that are positioned as mainstream entertainment, as seen with the imagery and cinematic choices that abound in the Batman series and Inception, with scenes resembling surreal paintings given life. Nolan's choices have significantly influenced filmmaking, proving that complexity can exist in the commercial.
Nolan has dual citizenship within the United States and Great Britain, and is married to Emma Thomas, who has worked as a producer on all of his feature films. The couple has four children.
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