his biography, his films … Everything about the director of Tenet


Successful director Christopher Nolan has created a place of pride for himself in the minds of moviegoers. Between his Batman, Inception and now Tenet trilogy, Nolan fascinates.

[Mis à jour le 26 août 2020 à 9h58] American-British director, screenwriter and producer Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in the Westminster district of London. Considered one of the most gifted directors of his generation, Nolan produces demanding blockbusters that are often eagerly awaited by critics and audiences alike.

Born in 1970, to an English father and an American mother, Christopher Edward Nolan shared his childhood between London and Chicago. Passionate about cinema, he shoots amateur films from the age of 7. After studying literature at University College London, he himself financed the making of his first film, “Following”, which won awards at several festivals. This success gave him the opportunity to direct “Memento”, which came out in 2000. In this film, interspersed with flashbacks in reverse chronological order, an amnesic man tries to find his wife’s murderer. This original scenario is very well received by critics and the general public. The director thus wins the favor of Warner, who asks him to direct “Insomnia” (2002), a much more conventional film, a remake of the eponymous Norwegian feature film.

Christopher Nolan suggests to Warner the realization of a new opus of the adventures of Batman, by presenting the super hero in a more human light. “Batman Begins” was released in 2005, with Christian Bale in the title role. The film is a huge success, so much so that Warner Bros. decides to follow up with two sequels which, in turn, prance at the top of the box office for several weeks: “The Dark Knight” in 2008, which features Heath Ledger in the role of the Joker, and “The Dark Knight Rises “, conclusion of the trilogy in 2012. Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan directed” The Prestige “(2006), where Christian Bale gives the answer to Hugh Jackman. He tells the story of the rivalry between two magicians in 19th century America.

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In 2010, Christopher Nolan followed up with Inception, considered one of his best films if not his best. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard in a thriller about the robbery of dreams and the implantation of an idea deep in an individual’s subconscious. The film closes in suspense and does not give the answer that burns the lips of the spectators: Is DiCaprio in a dream or in reality? Much appreciated, Inception is hailed by critics: 33 nominations and 11 awards including 4 Oscars (best photography, best sound editing, best sound mixing and best visual effects). Subsequently, Christopher Nolan directed Interstellar (2014), a real spatial and temporal quest led by Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain. But also Dunkirk (2017), a war film dedicated to Operation Dynamo, which aimed to evacuate British soldiers trapped by the Germans on French soil during World War II.

Released at the end of August 2020, Tenet arrives in theaters in a very particular context. Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, movie theaters around the world closed for several months before reopening in a time of sharp economic crisis. At the same time, a good number of American blockbusters were postponed several months later, sometimes even slipping until 2021. When French cinemas reopened at the end of June 2020, major American releases had deserted theaters. It is in this context that Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s new time thriller, becomes the hope of theater operators who hope to see audiences return to theaters en masse. Carried by John David Washington, Tenet is a spy thriller where the hero must try to prevent a Third World War by means of a technique known as time inversion.

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