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Christopher Nolan’s 20 Most Essential Collaborators

From actor Michael Caine to cinematographer Wally Pfister, composer Hans Zimmer, and more, these are the collaborations that define Nolan's career.

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In Michael Rabiger’s book “Directing: Film and Aesthetics,” Christopher Nolan provides a quote that speaks to the power of collaboration and his role in serving it: “As a director, I’m sort of a human lens through which everyone’s efforts are focused. A big part of my job is making decisions about how all the great talent that I’m working with blends into a single consciousness.” If Nolan’s job is to bring together the best talent in the business and have them work effortlessly together, then he’s been succeeding since his start as a feature film director over two decades ago.

Nolan is currently at work on his next movie, the espionage thriller “Tenet,” which makes it a good time to look back at the collaborations that have shaped the director’s impressive career. Nolan is one of the rare directors in Hollywood who has the power to craft original stories on a giant scale, but he would not have gotten to that status without the following 20 collaborators. From actors like Michael Caine to cinematographer Wally Pfister, composer Hans Zimmer, and more, these are the partnerships that make Nolan one of the world’s best directors.

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