In addition to being an outspoken proponent of actual film, Christopher Nolan is also a noted cinephile. Here are some of his favorites.
“My dad took my brother and me to Leicester Square, which is where you’d find the biggest theaters in London. I remember very clearly just the experience of being transported to another world. I was a huge ‘Star Wars’ fan at the time. But this was a completely different way of experiencing science fiction. I was seven years old, so I couldn’t claim to have understood the film. I still can’t claim that. But as a seven year old, I didn’t care about understanding the film. I just felt this extraordinary experience of being taken to another world. You didn’t doubt this world for an instant. It had a larger than life quality.
“When I tell people this story, they often find it unusual that a child of that age would want to see ‘2001.’ But the truth is all of my friends went to see ‘2001’ in the year after ‘Star Wars.’ We would all sit and talk about what it meant. It was ‘pure cinema.’ The fact that it’s challenging cinema in an intellectual sense doesn’t bother you when you’re a kid. You just appreciate the feeling of the movie.” (Entertainment Weekly)
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