My brother and I are huge fans of director Christopher Nolan. Besides his Batman films, his mind-blowing film murder mystery Memento convinced he that smart science-fiction still exists. The science-fiction film Inception, about a group of dream thieves, opens nation-wide July 16th. Over the next few weeks, we'll be doing daily posts on the development of the film.
Part 1 of 12
Part 1 of 12
When director Christopher Nolan was developing his latest film Inception, he took encouragement from the tradition of hit fantasy movies like Star Wars that hinted at vaster worlds. The challenge of bringing a film of such a massive scale was daunting to him when he first envisioned it ten years ago. In particular, he said, the film The Matrix showed how a mass audience could embrace "a massively complex philosophical concept in some sense."
"To me, it's the difference between science-fiction before and after 2001 or Star Wars." Nolan told the New York Times, "When you look at Star Wars, right near the beginning, and you get on that sand crawler with the robots, and they're all greasy and messed-up, you'd never seen anything like that before. 2001 is very sterile, but its incredibly believable. Star Wars, the first one, is just grit and dirt and messiness and texture, and so you believe in that world. You were able to really invest in it and go, Yeah, I'm there."
Do you think Star Wars is a good example of world-building in science-fiction?
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