July 30, 2020

Christopher Nolan's Jubilee

On July 30, Christopher Nolan celebrates his half-century jubilee.

Christopher Nolan during a BBC TV interview on October 16, 2015.

On July 30, 1970 in London, in the family of British advertising manager Brendan James Nolan and his wife Christina, an American flight attendant, a second son was born, who was named Christopher Edward Jensen.

The Dark Knight. 2008. Movie's Rating - 9,169; 125th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

Already at the age of 7, using his father's movie camera, Christopher began to shoot his first films. This childhood hobby gradually developed into a professional occupation already in his student years, when, while studying English literature at the University of London, Christopher, together with his future wife and partner Emma Thomas, made and sold short films. He later recalled: "Studying English literature got me thinking about the narrative freedom that authors have enjoyed for centuries. It seemed to me that filmmakers should enjoy those freedoms as well. Emma and I were members of the university film society. We showed 35mm feature films during the school year and used the money earned from ticket sales to produce 16mm films during the summers."

Inception. 2010. Movie's Rating - 9,050; 150th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

After graduating from university in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in English literature, Christopher Nolan did not stop his cinematic experiments, independently mastering all specializations: screenwriter, cameraman, editor, etc. And finally, in 1998, he shot his first full-length feature film "Following", in which he acted as a director, cameraman, editor, producer, and his wife, Emma Thomas, was co-producer and performer of small role on this film.

Interstellar. 2014. Movie's Rating - 8,696; 241st Rank in the Golden Thousand.

Christopher Nolan also involved in filmmaking his younger brother Jonathan. On the set of "Following", Jonathan was the camera assistant. But already on most of the subsequent films by Christopher, Jonathan co-wrote the script. But the elder brother of Christopher Nolan - Matthew - went down a different path: in 2005 he kidnapped and murdered a man, and was sentenced for a long prison. That is why the prison theme that is present in some of Christopher Nolan's films is quite familiar to him from his communication with his brother.

Memento. 2000. Movie's Rating - 8,577; 288th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

Nolan's first film was awarded 5 cinematic awards, albeit not the most prestigious, but still.

The Prestige. 2006. Movie's Rating - 8,510; 322nd Rank in the Golden Thousand.

By the age of 50, Christopher Nolan has shot 10 full-length feature films, of which 7 entered the Golden Thousand. Thanks to this indicator, Christopher Nolan is included in the list of the 100 greatest directors of world cinema, compiled by FilmGourmand. In this list, Nolan takes an honorable 10th place. It should be noted that among the greatest directors who entered the top ten, seven are no longer in this world. Only Nolan, Steven Spielberg, who is 24 years older than Nolan, and Martin Scorsese, who is 27 years older, are now living. So, Nolan has every chance to lead this list over time.

The Dark Knight Rises. 2012. Movie's Rating - 8,424; 354th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

Today, in honor of the significant anniversary of the famous filmmaker, we want to remind his fans of shots from his best films included in the Golden Thousand.

Batman Begins. 2005. Movie's Rating - 8,129; 561st Rank in the Golden Thousand.