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How Imax Made Christopher Nolan a Better Filmmaker

July 17, 2020
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Christopher Nolan and Imax: the great love story of our time. Theme music by Brian Metolius Charl artwork by Kate Willært Matt Wines artwork by Mike Curran

Christopher Nolan is a British-American filmmaker known for making personal, distinctive films within the Hollywood mainstream. Considered to be one of the best filmmakers of his generation,[1][2] his directorial efforts have grossed more than US$4.7 billion worldwide and garnered a total of 34 Oscar nominations and ten wins.

Born and raised in London, Nolan developed an interest in filmmaking from a young age. After studying English literature at University College London, he made his feature debut with Following (1998). Nolan gained international recognition with his second film, Memento (2000), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He transitioned from independent to studio filmmaking with Insomnia (2002), and found further critical and commercial success with The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), The Prestige (2006), and Inception (2010), which received eight Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. This was followed by Interstellar (2014) and Dunkirk (2017), the latter of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.

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