Chris Nolan Reads Menus and Magazines Backwards, The Nolan Variations Reveals
SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Director Christopher Nolan speak onstage at the Outstanding Directors Award Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter during The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on February 6, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Christopher Nolan The Nolan Variations includes the amusing detail that the Inception and Dark Knight director often calls things “fascinating.”

In fact, author Tom Shone includes a “partial list” of things Nolan described as fascinating in his hours of interviews with the director as he worked on the film that eventually became Tenet. There are 22 items on the list; we’ve chosen our favorite five. For the rest, you should buy the book. 

Shone, who has also written celebrated books about the films of Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, is the first journalist to convince Nolan to speak at length about his films. What quickly comes across is how much Nolan sees film as a craft, rather than a way of making personal statements.

But it’s also clear that Nolan’s fascinations — from the Michael Mann film Heat to the Wilkie Collins’ novel The Moonstone – often find their way into his films. Here are five things Christopher Nolan finds fascinating, according to The Nolan Variations.

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