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Christopher Nolan reveals his favorite sequence from his films

04.22.2015

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Last night during a talk at the Tribeca Film Festival (hosted by FOXCATCHER and CAPOTE director Bennett Miller), Christopher Nolan was asked what sequence from his movies is his favorite, and his answer may surprise you. I thought for sure it would be the opening bank scene from THE DARK KNIGHT or a sequence from INCEPTION, but Nolan says his favorite is the airplane kidnapping scene from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. The director went on to talk about shooting the sequence.

It took us about two days in Scotland. And it was an incredible sort of coming together of months and months of planning by a lot of different members of the team who worked for months rehearsing these parachute jumps and wind walking, all these different things… The visual effects work in the sequence is very minimal… I was really amazed by what the team we had put together had achieved using very sort of old-fashioned methods, in a way. I was very proud of the way that came together.

Christopher Nolan also says his biggest fear is "embarking on a project that you lose faith in or fall out of love with," and gave out some advice for aspiring filmmakers.

The only good advice I’ve been able to give is if you’re lucky enough to be telling a story with a camera on whatever scale you’re doing it, appreciate that as filmmaking. Don’t always be waiting for the real film to come along because you may already be making the real film.

Christopher Nolan doesn't have a new project lined up yet, although Warner Bros. reportedly wanted him to direct READY PLAYER ONE before Steven Spielberg snagged the gig. Which sequence from Nolan's films is your favorite?

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5:50PM on 04/23/2015
I love everything Nolan does. Interstellar was such an under appreciated gem and all of his Bat movies were fantastic. So many amazing scenes between the 3 of them. I always loved that Hong Kong scene in TDK. It wasn't necessarily my favorite in the trilogy, but there was something so awe inspiring about it.
I love everything Nolan does. Interstellar was such an under appreciated gem and all of his Bat movies were fantastic. So many amazing scenes between the 3 of them. I always loved that Hong Kong scene in TDK. It wasn't necessarily my favorite in the trilogy, but there was something so awe inspiring about it.
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8:19PM on 04/22/2015
2 different ones that i love: the dark knight when batman extracts the Asian guy from the sky scraper. Interstellar sequence on the ice planet with matt Damon. I love the shooting of it And music. Intense!
2 different ones that i love: the dark knight when batman extracts the Asian guy from the sky scraper. Interstellar sequence on the ice planet with matt Damon. I love the shooting of it And music. Intense!
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8:12PM on 04/22/2015
1)Rotating hallway fight scene- Inception
2)Tesseract episode - Interstellar
3)Airplane kidnap scene - TDKR
4) 'Joker planned to get caught' sequence- TDk
5) Lau kidnap scene- TDK
1)Rotating hallway fight scene- Inception
2)Tesseract episode - Interstellar
3)Airplane kidnap scene - TDKR
4) 'Joker planned to get caught' sequence- TDk
5) Lau kidnap scene- TDK
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4:45PM on 04/22/2015
First off let me just say that Nolan's bat-trilogy was absolutely BRILLIANT! Not saying that it was perfect, or even the best incarnation of Batman, but his trilogy told one complete story and stayed strong to the very end. You really felt like you went on this journey with Bruce Wayne and even feel relieved when he gets to spend the rest of his days in retirement. Nolan's was a very different kind of Batman but that is perfectly fine because it worked for what he was trying to achieve. The
First off let me just say that Nolan's bat-trilogy was absolutely BRILLIANT! Not saying that it was perfect, or even the best incarnation of Batman, but his trilogy told one complete story and stayed strong to the very end. You really felt like you went on this journey with Bruce Wayne and even feel relieved when he gets to spend the rest of his days in retirement. Nolan's was a very different kind of Batman but that is perfectly fine because it worked for what he was trying to achieve. The Dark Knight films will forever be among the ranks of the best trilogies ever.

With that said I would probably have to say that the Interrogation scene from Dark Knight is the best. Everything about the way it is shot, acted and built up with the ultimate pay out is brilliant. Heath is truly terrifying in this scene, laughing as Batman pummels away with all his strength. "There is nothing you can to do to hurt me, nothing to do with all that STRENGTH!" This whole scene but that line in particular sums up the relationship between Bats and Joker. Its a scene that you can never forget.
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4:39PM on 04/22/2015
The hallway fight scene in Inception, it was just awesome.
The hallway fight scene in Inception, it was just awesome.
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1:08PM on 04/22/2015

My most favorite sequence I think...

Joker standing in the middle of the wide open road while Batman races to him in his batpod.
Joker muttering, "I want you to hit me... I want you to hit me!"
Batman screaming, "AAAAAAAGH!!!" he sooo wants to hit that freak but... avoids hitting Joker at the last moment.
Joker's head turns backward following Batman without moving an inch.
Joker standing in the middle of the wide open road while Batman races to him in his batpod.
Joker muttering, "I want you to hit me... I want you to hit me!"
Batman screaming, "AAAAAAAGH!!!" he sooo wants to hit that freak but... avoids hitting Joker at the last moment.
Joker's head turns backward following Batman without moving an inch.
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1:24PM on 04/22/2015
That is definitely a great scene. And I think the most memorable from his Dark Knight trilogy. I think in that one scene the dichotomy of Batman and Jokes is perfectly shown.
That is definitely a great scene. And I think the most memorable from his Dark Knight trilogy. I think in that one scene the dichotomy of Batman and Jokes is perfectly shown.
1:42PM on 04/22/2015
Thanks for agreeing with me, yeah I definitely think so too. My close second favorite would be the Interrogation scene (for obvious Batman vs Joker in a room reason) and the third fevorite would be the spectacular escape sequence using swarm of Bats and the flying Tumbler in BB, thats the very first time Batman was properly revealed to the world in all his badass glory!

There are so many great moments and sequences in all the Nolan's movies that I'm not even seriously thinking about each
Thanks for agreeing with me, yeah I definitely think so too. My close second favorite would be the Interrogation scene (for obvious Batman vs Joker in a room reason) and the third fevorite would be the spectacular escape sequence using swarm of Bats and the flying Tumbler in BB, thats the very first time Batman was properly revealed to the world in all his badass glory!

There are so many great moments and sequences in all the Nolan's movies that I'm not even seriously thinking about each ones, but you can definitely say these three are my favorite sequences from TDK Trilogy :)
1:03PM on 04/22/2015
My favorite Nolan scene is either the car chase in "The Dark Knight", when it switches to imax camera and there is a silent pan over the city, it really sets that scene up great. The other scene is at the end of "Inception", being able to cut together the scene of Fischer confronting his father while the multiple levels start to collapse. It was an excellent juxtaposition of scenes that just works.

The Dark Knight Rises has some visually stunning scenes, but the dialogue and plot were so
My favorite Nolan scene is either the car chase in "The Dark Knight", when it switches to imax camera and there is a silent pan over the city, it really sets that scene up great. The other scene is at the end of "Inception", being able to cut together the scene of Fischer confronting his father while the multiple levels start to collapse. It was an excellent juxtaposition of scenes that just works.

The Dark Knight Rises has some visually stunning scenes, but the dialogue and plot were so glaring it took me completely out of the moment. The flight definitely looks cool, but it has no depth whatsoever. Downvote me all you want, "The Dark Knight Rises" is a poor sequel to "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" which are both masterpieces.
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1:42PM on 04/22/2015
This is where everyone has an opinion comes in...I go against the typical opinions of the Nolan Batman trilogy. I really don't care for Begins. I think it is a poor prequel to the two better movies (one of which, TDK, is a masterpiece and the other, TDKR, is a really great film).

I never cared for Begins and even after watching it 10 years later I still find myself bored and uninterested half the time, Katie Holmes is a big negative, and the third act with the Scarecrow was extremely lame.
This is where everyone has an opinion comes in...I go against the typical opinions of the Nolan Batman trilogy. I really don't care for Begins. I think it is a poor prequel to the two better movies (one of which, TDK, is a masterpiece and the other, TDKR, is a really great film).

I never cared for Begins and even after watching it 10 years later I still find myself bored and uninterested half the time, Katie Holmes is a big negative, and the third act with the Scarecrow was extremely lame. Nolan may have done Joker better, but Burton did a better first film.
12:50PM on 04/22/2015
My favorite scene is the interrogation room scene between the joker and batman in the dark knight. Seeing one of the most iconic heroes face off with his greatest foe, expertly acted, written, and directed. It doesn't get much better than that.
My favorite scene is the interrogation room scene between the joker and batman in the dark knight. Seeing one of the most iconic heroes face off with his greatest foe, expertly acted, written, and directed. It doesn't get much better than that.
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12:45PM on 04/22/2015

The street bending in INCEPTION.

It's not my favorite Nolan scene; it's one of my favorite scenes period.
It's not my favorite Nolan scene; it's one of my favorite scenes period.
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12:43PM on 04/22/2015

Bane vs Batman

The first time Batman and Bane meet is one of the rawest, most memorable fight scenes in a comic book movie. Dark Knight Rises wasn't the best in that trilogy of films but that scene is my single favorite moment.
The first time Batman and Bane meet is one of the rawest, most memorable fight scenes in a comic book movie. Dark Knight Rises wasn't the best in that trilogy of films but that scene is my single favorite moment.
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12:30PM on 04/22/2015

The diappearing pencil trick.....

It was simple, there was no major film tricks or CGI, just a simple murder that happened so fast you barely caught what happened, and it immediately told you everything you needed to know about how fearless the Joker really was, and how lethal he was. So simple, but so powerful (and darkly funny). Just brilliant.
It was simple, there was no major film tricks or CGI, just a simple murder that happened so fast you barely caught what happened, and it immediately told you everything you needed to know about how fearless the Joker really was, and how lethal he was. So simple, but so powerful (and darkly funny). Just brilliant.
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4:35PM on 04/22/2015
Easily my favorite scene in the whole trilogy. It said it all, you can.t trust a man in a clown suit. Great choice.
Easily my favorite scene in the whole trilogy. It said it all, you can.t trust a man in a clown suit. Great choice.
7:16PM on 04/22/2015
That scene took me by surprised. It really summed up the whole Joker character like you said.
That scene took me by surprised. It really summed up the whole Joker character like you said.
12:23PM on 04/22/2015
So many, Bane's army vs Gotham Police, the docking scene, the hallway inception fight.
So many, Bane's army vs Gotham Police, the docking scene, the hallway inception fight.
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12:22PM on 04/22/2015
I know it was a pretty straight forward and quick sequence, but the truck flip in the Dark Knight is still my favorite.
I know it was a pretty straight forward and quick sequence, but the truck flip in the Dark Knight is still my favorite.
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12:09PM on 04/22/2015
That sequence is definitely a great opening and set the tone for The Dark Knight Rises. Extra tidbit: It's from The Dark Knight where Batman drives Bat Pod under the big rig that Joker was driving to which he said "He missed!" and then the whole big rig was flipped mid air. Great scene.
That sequence is definitely a great opening and set the tone for The Dark Knight Rises. Extra tidbit: It's from The Dark Knight where Batman drives Bat Pod under the big rig that Joker was driving to which he said "He missed!" and then the whole big rig was flipped mid air. Great scene.
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4:33PM on 04/22/2015
An excellent choice. I loved it as well.
An excellent choice. I loved it as well.
9:22PM on 04/22/2015
Thank you!
Thank you!
12:00PM on 04/22/2015
The sequence in Memento when the movie was playing backwards...
The sequence in Memento when the movie was playing backwards...
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11:45AM on 04/22/2015
Great opening scene for sure. Too bad the ending fight between Batman and Bane didn't top it.
Great opening scene for sure. Too bad the ending fight between Batman and Bane didn't top it.
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11:09AM on 04/22/2015
It's definitely a fantastic sequence and was my favorite but I think the botched docking and subsequent spiraling docking sequence from Interstellar trumped it for me....
It's definitely a fantastic sequence and was my favorite but I think the botched docking and subsequent spiraling docking sequence from Interstellar trumped it for me....
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12:26PM on 04/22/2015
That was visually spectacular. I just couldn't get over how unbelievably stupid it was.
That was visually spectacular. I just couldn't get over how unbelievably stupid it was.
11:00AM on 04/22/2015

Logical...

this scene is an homage to the beginning scene of " license to kill " ; Nolan is a harcore James Bond fan...

My fav Nolan scene : the joker card at the end of Batman Begins... I never wanted so hard to see a sequel
this scene is an homage to the beginning scene of " license to kill " ; Nolan is a harcore James Bond fan...

My fav Nolan scene : the joker card at the end of Batman Begins... I never wanted so hard to see a sequel
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12:07PM on 04/22/2015
I still hope and pray that one day Christopher Nolan would direct a James Bond film.
I still hope and pray that one day Christopher Nolan would direct a James Bond film.
12:17PM on 04/22/2015
I get chills every time Bale says "and you'll never have to" and jumps off the edge. Best portrayal of Batman in any movie.

Oh and a Nolan Bond... that would be incredible.

I get chills every time Bale says "and you'll never have to" and jumps off the edge. Best portrayal of Batman in any movie.

Oh and a Nolan Bond... that would be incredible.

10:56AM on 04/22/2015

Glad Nolan and I agree on something

I was more blown away with that sequence than the bank robbery. I watch it sometimes on youtube or on blu ray and it is so damn impressive every time.

I was more blown away with that sequence than the bank robbery. I watch it sometimes on youtube or on blu ray and it is so damn impressive every time.

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10:51AM on 04/22/2015

My favorite sequence is from Inception

The final dream sequence when the van drives off the bridge. The editing of that sequence is masterful! That was one of the few moments watching a film that I didn't realize my jaw was hanging open.
The final dream sequence when the van drives off the bridge. The editing of that sequence is masterful! That was one of the few moments watching a film that I didn't realize my jaw was hanging open.
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10:35AM on 04/22/2015
Seems to me that he likes that scene more because of the planning and work that went into it, not necessarily the content of the scene.

My favorite Nolan scene is in The Prestige where Hugh Jackman says "I don't care about my wife I care about his trick" or something to that effect, and then after he says it Hugh Jackman's expression says a thousand words.

I just love how The Prestige explores obesession, it's probably my favorite Nolan film.
Seems to me that he likes that scene more because of the planning and work that went into it, not necessarily the content of the scene.

My favorite Nolan scene is in The Prestige where Hugh Jackman says "I don't care about my wife I care about his trick" or something to that effect, and then after he says it Hugh Jackman's expression says a thousand words.

I just love how The Prestige explores obesession, it's probably my favorite Nolan film.
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11:21AM on 04/22/2015
The Prestige is easily my fav Nolan film by a wide margin. Loved the acting, thought Jackman was ok before and now think he's a boss since.
The Prestige is easily my fav Nolan film by a wide margin. Loved the acting, thought Jackman was ok before and now think he's a boss since.
4:45PM on 04/22/2015
Just revisited this the other day. It is a great film. I love the ending where Bales character shows up and Jackman is on his knees and realizes that it was a simple trick all along he had a twin double and then he gets shot. Then it pulls back and you see the hallway of drowned clones and you see the length Jackman was willing to go to to best his opponent.
Just revisited this the other day. It is a great film. I love the ending where Bales character shows up and Jackman is on his knees and realizes that it was a simple trick all along he had a twin double and then he gets shot. Then it pulls back and you see the hallway of drowned clones and you see the length Jackman was willing to go to to best his opponent.
10:33AM on 04/22/2015
Too bad the rest of the film couldn't live up to it.
Too bad the rest of the film couldn't live up to it.
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2:49PM on 04/22/2015
Live up to what??? Greatest movie ever?
TDKR is a great conclusion to The Dark Knight trilogy.
I get it, that's your opinion. Just like it's a real shame that The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy could not live up to all the fanboy hype, which was a real shame.
Live up to what??? Greatest movie ever?
TDKR is a great conclusion to The Dark Knight trilogy.
I get it, that's your opinion. Just like it's a real shame that The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy could not live up to all the fanboy hype, which was a real shame.
10:28AM on 04/22/2015
Hell of a scene
Hell of a scene
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