The Fictional Christopher Nolan

Author:   Todd McGowan
Publisher:   University of Texas Press
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Pages:   232
Publication Date:   01 December 2013
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The Fictional Christopher Nolan


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From Memento and Insomnia to the Batman films, The Prestige, and Inception, lies play a central role in every Christopher Nolan film. Characters in the films constantly find themselves deceived by others and are often caught up in a vast web of deceit that transcends any individual lies. The formal structure of a typical Nolan film deceives spectators about the events that occur and the motivations of the characters. While Nolan's films do not abandon the idea of truth altogether, they show us how truth must emerge out of the lie if it is not to lead us entirely astray. The Fictional Christopher Nolan discovers in Nolan's films an exploration of the role that fiction plays in leading to truth. Through close readings of all the films through Inception, Todd McGowan demonstrates that the fiction or the lie comes before the truth, and this priority forces us to reassess our ways of thinking about the nature of truth. Indeed, McGowan argues that Nolan's films reveal the ethical and political importance of creating fictions and even of lying. While other filmmakers have tried to discover truth through the cinema, Nolan is the first filmmaker to devote himself entirely to the fictionality of the medium, and McGowan discloses how Nolan uses its tendency to deceive as the basis for a new kind of philosophical filmmaking. He shows how Nolan's insistence on the priority of the fiction aligns his films with Hegel's philosophy and understands Nolan as a thoroughly Hegelian filmmaker.

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Author:   Todd McGowan
Publisher:   University of Texas Press
Imprint:   University of Texas Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.538kg
ISBN:  

9780292756786


ISBN 10:   029275678
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   01 December 2013
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Ethics of the LieChapter 1. The Snare of Truth: Following and the Perfect PatsyChapter 2. Memento and the Desire Not to KnowChapter 3. The Dirty Cop: Insomnia and the Art of DetectionChapter 4. The Banal Superhero: The Politicized Realism of Batman BeginsChapter 5. The Violence of Creation in The PrestigeChapter 6. The Hero's Form of Appearance: The Necessary Darkness of The Dark KnightChapter 7. A Plea for the Abandonment of Reality in InceptionConclusion: Lying without ConsequenceNotesBibliographyIndex

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Nolan could not have asked for a better introduction to his early career. - Choice Todd McGowan may well be the finest film theorist currently working in the States. His work is consistently original, and he writes with a concision and lucidity that renders even the most daunting of thinkers accessible... In these pages, he sees deception as the unifying trait of Christopher Nolan's filmmaking [...] A worthwhile contribution to the literatures on both film theory and the director...It contains brilliant expositions of continental philosophy - McGowan's critiques of Heidegger and Badiou are perhaps the best I've read in recent theoretical writings on cinema - all of which are accessible to even laypeople of theory, thanks to his ever-limpid prose. But the main gift of McGowan's book - more than its close analysis of individual films, accessibility, or sheer topicality - is that it urges readers to rethink their conception of deceit as it relates to truth, showing that, as he puts it, 'the lie will set you free'. - Film International


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Todd McGowan is Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont, where he teaches film and cultural theory. He is the author of Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema, The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan, and The Impossible David Lynch, among other books.

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