Memento & Following

Memento & Following

by Christopher J. Nolan

Christopher Nolan's Memento is an intricate, original, fascinating thriller, hailed by Philip French of the Observer as 'one of the year's most exciting pictures'.

In this state, Leonard finds that nothing is what it seems, and no one can easily be trusted.Following (1998) was Christopher Nolan's micro-budgeted debut feature.

This vicarious form of 'research' takes an unexpected turn when Bill is caught out by one of his quarries: a suave cat burglar who introduces him to the art of breaking and entering.

But Bill discovers too late that he is out of his depth.This volume includes both screenplays, plus an interview with Christopher Nolan and Jeremy Theobald in which they talk to James Mottram about the making of Following, and a piece by Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, author of the story on which Memento was based, in which they recall the conception of the film.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Culture
  • Rating: 4.24
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish Date: April 9th 2001 by Faber Interstellar: Original Screenplay Faber
  • Isbn10: 0571210473
  • Isbn13: 9780571210473

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The first work of Christopher Nolan and perhaps it is one intelligent, interesting and independent script. Merged review: Fuck you: I gave you a reason to live, you were more than happy to help. Merged review: Following The first work of Christopher Nolan and perhaps it is one intelligent, interesting and independent script. Steal things merely for fun, or steal things to make people know what they have - BOGUS BUT BRIGHT IDEA - of this story. Steal things merely for fun, or steal things to make people know what they have - BOGUS BUT BRIGHT IDEA - of this story. Memento Fuck you: I gave you a reason to live, you were more than happy to help. That is why we dont only like his stories, but they become a reason to live. That is why we dont only like his stories, but they become a reason to live. :P I gave you a reason to live, you were more than happy to help Many people are under the impression that this just like another amnesia thriller, but the truth is that this is a story about a guy suffering from another type of memory loss, with is called short term memory loss. :P I gave you a reason to live, you were more than happy to help Many people are under the impression that this just like another amnesia thriller, but the truth is that this is a story about a guy suffering from another type of memory loss, with is called short term memory loss. We have to believe that when our eyes are closed, the world's still there. We have to believe that when our eyes are closed, the world's still there.

(The movies are written by the same man who did Inception and The Dark Knight.)

''I can't remember to forget you.'' A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. During the opening credits, (which portrays the end of the story) it is shown that Leonard kills Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) for the rape and murder of his wife based on information provided by Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss). The film's events unfold in two separate, alternating narratives one in colour, and the other in black and white. The black and white sections are told in chronological order, showing Leonard conversing with an anonymous phone caller in a motel room. Leonard's investigation is depicted in colour sequences that are in reverse chronological order. By the film's end when the two narratives converge we understand the investigation and the events that lead up to Teddy's death. The sujet or the presentation of the film is structured with two timelines: one in colour and one in black-and-white. Jonathan Nolan's short story, titled Memento Mori, is radically different from Christopher's film, although it maintains the same essential elements. As in the film, his wife was killed by an anonymous man, and during the attack on his wife, Earl lost his short-term memory. Like Leonard, Earl leaves notes to himself and has tattoos with information about the killer. However, in the short story, Earl convinces himself through his own written notes to escape the mental institution and murder his wife's killer. While composing the score, Julyan created different, distinct sounds to differentiate between the colour and black-and-white scenes: "brooding and classical" themes in the former, and "oppressive and rumbly noise" in the latter. But a sense of loss you feel but at the same time you don't know what it is you have lost, a sense of being adrift." Initially, Nolan wanted to use Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" during the end credits, but he was unable to secure the rights. The scenes are presented in reverse chronological order, then black and white scenes, which are told in a forward order, so that we know the latest action first, and at the end of the movie find out the earlier action. I don't think they'd let somebody like me carry a gun." Or Teddy's line to Leonard, "I've had more rewarding friendships than this, but I get to keep telling the same jokes." The key to the powerful psychological ending of the film, where we realize what will eventually happen, occurs when Natalie tells Leonard that revenge is useless because he won't remember it. Thus revenge is a temporary asphyxiation until the point where it is carried out rendered obsolete; The ideology regarding lack of memory shows the never ending cycle regarding a puzzle Leonard can never solve but ultimately he doesn't want to solve. Our problem is that the film comprises not one plot, but four, all fragmented, full of gaping black holes, all mediated by this character who knows nothing. ''Remember Sammy Jankis...'' is what Leonard has tattooed on his hand; It's meaning?

He often collaborates with his wife, producer Emma Thomas, and his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan, as well as cinematographer Wally Pfister, film editor Lee Smith, composers David Julyan and Hans Zimmer, special effects coordinator Chris Corbould, and actors Christian Bale and Michael Caine. Nolan's wife Emma Thomas has produced most of his films, with the exception of Memento and Insomnia.