Christopher Nolan quotes

Born
30 July 1970, Westminster, London, England.

Occupation
Director, screenwriter.

Christopher Nolan is an English director and screenwriter.

I just love photographing things and putting them together to tell a story.
– Christopher Nolan
If I could steal someone’s dream myself, I’d have to go for one of Orson Welles.
– Christopher Nolan
The only job that was ever of interest to me other than filmmaking is architecture.
– Christopher Nolan
I’ve never read Joseph Campbell, and I don’t know all that much about story archetypes.
– Christopher Nolan
By the time I was 10 or 11, I knew I wanted to make films.
– Christopher Nolan
No, I’ve only ever done one film at a time.
– Christopher Nolan
I think there’s a vague sense out there that movies are becoming more and more unreal. I know I’ve felt it.
– Christopher Nolan
The term ‘genre’ eventually becomes pejorative because you’re referring to something that’s so codified and ritualised that it ceases to have the power and meaning it had when it first started.
– Christopher Nolan
I never considered myself a lucky person. I’m the most extraordinary pessimist. I truly am.
– Christopher Nolan
The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it.
– Christopher Nolan
I’ve always been a movie guy, movies have been my thing. I love movies, all kinds of movies.
– Christopher Nolan
I think there are advantages to different scales of filmmaking. You wouldn’t want to do just one thing.
– Christopher Nolan
You know when Hollywood does a great big blockbuster that really wraps you up in a world, and lets you believe in extraordinary things that move you in some way, in an almost operatic sensibility? That to me is the most fun I have at the movies.
– Christopher Nolan
I try not to have actors in mind when I write because the tendency then is to be influenced by either their last performance or your favourite of their performances.
– Christopher Nolan
I’ve been interested in dreams since I as a kid and I’ve wanted to do a film about them for a long time.
– Christopher Nolan
The thing with computer-generated imagery is that it’s an incredibly powerful tool for making better visual effects. But I believe in an absolute difference between animation and photography.
– Christopher Nolan
We all wake up in the morning wanting to live our lives the way we know we should. But we usually don’t, in small ways. That’s what makes a character like Batman so fascinating. He plays out our conflicts on a much larger scale.
– Christopher Nolan
For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously. He’s not from another planet, or filled with radioactive gunk. I mean, Superman is essentially a god, but Batman is more like Hercules: he’s a human being, very flawed, and bridges the divide.
– Christopher Nolan
As soon as television became the only secondary way in which films were watched, films had to adhere to a pretty linear system, whereby you can drift off for ten minutes and go and answer the phone and not really lose your place.
– Christopher Nolan
When you play a videogame, you could be a completely different person than you are in the real world, certain aspects of the way your brain works can be leveraged for something you could never do in the real world.
– Christopher Nolan
But I have been interested in dreams, really since I was a kid. I have always been fascinated by the idea that your mind, when you are asleep, can create a world in a dream and you are perceiving it as though it really existed.
– Christopher Nolan
The problem with big films is they snowball very rapidly and you can never pull back. It’s a pipeline that needs to be fed.
– Christopher Nolan
I have always been a huge fan of Ridley Scott and certainly when I was a kid. ‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’ just blew me away because they created these extraordinary worlds that were just completely immersive. I was also an enormous Stanley Kubrick fan for similar reasons.
– Christopher Nolan
One of the things you do as a writer and as a filmmaker is grasp for resonant symbols and imagery without necessarily fully understanding it yourself.
– Christopher Nolan
I have been interested in dreams, really since I was a kid. I have always been fascinated by the idea that your mind, when you are asleep, can create a world in a dream and you are perceiving it as though it really existed.
– Christopher Nolan
Revenge is a particularly interesting concept, especially the notion of whether or not it exists outside of just an abstract idea.
– Christopher Nolan
When I look at a digitally acquired and projected image, it looks inferior against an original negative anamorphic print or an IMAX one.
– Christopher Nolan