How Films and Filmmakers are Influenced by other Films and Filmmakers

by Barry Andersson1 Comment

Christopher Nolan is releasing his new movie “Interstellar” in a few weeks. If you are not familiar with Mr. Nolan he has become one of the most successful directors of all time by directing films such as Momento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception. Add to that he is one of the few filmmakers that has been trying to use his success from mainstream movies such as “The Dark Knight Trilogy” to be able to make original movies that from the outside aren't as mainstream.

Here is a wonderfully interesting video on Nolan's Inception. Many who saw the film debated what the film was really about. In this video the question is asked is Inception really Surrealism? If it is not then what is it.

If you can stay with the first few minutes the video unfolds and starts to walk you through a mini movie history. It is clear that Nolan is a film fan and has spent his life studying films from around the world.

It is amazing to watch the influences of Inception and Nolan and how in modern cinema movies from the past still influence the blockbusters of today.

If you aren't constantly watching movies (and not just the latest movies in your local theater) and being inspired by those who came before you are way behind the current masters of cinema. Watch this video and spend some time discussing surrealism, filmmaking and story telling. What is your thought on this video?

Christopher Nolan said it best: “Now you're looking for the secret… but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled”

Enjoy and happy shooting!

“Watch: Here Is Why Narrative Is the Greatest Illusion That Has Ever Existed”

Via Indiewire:

Earlier this week, “Brows Held High,” a short-form online video series that provides in-depth theoretical and historical film analysis, released an inspiring new video essay on the relationship between surrealism and cinema — not only within a single text, but also across history.

READ MORE: Watch: 8-Minute Analysis Of Christopher Nolan's ‘Inception' Digs Into The Mystery

Christopher Nolan's “Inception” functions as the case study for this episode, in which the narrator draws out various examples of surrealist media that eventually connect back to specific elements of the 2010 Nolan film.

Check out full article and video at Indiewire “Watch: Here Is Why Narrative Is the Greatest Illusion That Has Ever Existed”

Between the lines - Inception

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  1. inception is a perfect example of film school cliché on a grand scale! dream within a dream ad infinitum.

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