Nolan's carrer started with Following, a no-budget black-and-white movie produced in London over a one year period of time and finished in 1998 received multiple awards including the Rotterdam International Film Festival's Tiger Award and the Slamdance Black & White Award. This allowed Nolan to direct the highly acclaimed film Memento in 2000, for which he also wrote the screenplay.

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These are Nolan's top ten favourite movies acording to the IMDb - including guilty pleasures:

Stanley Kubrick's 2001 - A Space Odyssey (1968)

"It's not a message that I ever intended to convey in words. [...] I tried to create a visual experience, one that bypasses verbalized pigeonholing and directly penetrates the subconscious with an emotional and philosophic content. To convolute McLuhan, in 2001 the message is the medium. I intended the film to be an intensely subjective experience that reaches the viewer on a deeper level of consciousness, just as music does." - Stanley Kubrick¹

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Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982)

"I have always been a huge fan of Ridley Scott and certainly when I was a kid. Alien, Blade Runner just blew me away because they created these extraordinary worlds that were just completely immersive. I was also an enormous Stanley Kubrick fan for similar reasons." - Christopher Nolan

When Nolan made Batman Begins he reportedly showed Blade Runner to the cast and crew and told them, "This is how we're going to make Batman.". Also note that he included Rutger Hauer in the cast for Batman Begins.

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Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974)

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David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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George Lucas' Star Wars (1977)

"Marvellous escapist entertainment on a grand scale." - Christopher Nolan²

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John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

"When I look at the films that have really influenced me, most of them are box office failures: Blade Runner, The Man Who Would Be King—a terrific movie—but there's no correlation between my favorite films and box office success." - Christopher Nolan³

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Christopher Nolan's Guilty Pleasures

According to OpeningShots March 2001.

Peter R. Hunt's On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

"George Lazenby is no one's favorite James Bond, but for me the anonymity at the center of this lavish production only serves to reveal the Bond machine firing on all cylinders: superb editing and photography, incredible score, great setpieces. The most romantic in the series, and it actually has, of all things, a tragic ending." - Christopher Nolan

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Robert Harmon's The Hitcher (1986)

"As a teenager I never questioned the logic of this Eighties chiller, but now it seems mind-bendingly arbitrary plot-wise. However, it does feature the criminally underappreciated Rutger Hauer in his finest and most influential Euro-psycho performance this side of Blade Runner." - Christopher Nolan

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Jules Dassin's Topkapi (1964)

"I've no idea what the critical consensus is on this one, but as style-over-substance movies go, this is fabulously entertaining. I love it not just for its often imitated dangling-from-the-ceiling heist sequence but also for Peter Ustinov's incredible comic performance." - Christopher Nolan

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Gary Nelson's The Black Hole (1979)

"Even to a nine-year-old Star Wars fanatic this seemed pretty uneven, but some of the special effects still impress, and it boasts one of the most unexpectedly weird climaxes in cinema history. I actually had to rent it as an adult just to check that I hadn't made up the whole ending." - Christopher Nolan

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1. From "The Playboy Interview: Stanley Kubrick" Playboy Magazine (September 1968)
2. From "Batman Begins Feature" The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television
3. From "Wing Kid - An Interview with Christopher NOlan" Box Office Mojo (October 2005)
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