Christopher Nolan: ‘I’ve never forgotten the scale of going to see 2001’

While some big name directors like David Fincher and Martin Scorsese have been attracted to television dramas in recent years, Christopher Nolan isn’t planning to follow suit.

[Christopher Nolan (left) with Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway – Getty]

Despite the rise in prominence of HBO and Netflix, who have challenged the Hollywood studios with star names and big budgets, the Interstellar director still treats cinema with reverence.

In an interview with The Scotsman, Nolan underlines his belief that films are best enjoyed in the cinema, and his early memory of watching Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey reinforced this.

“For me the great thing about movies has always been the large screen/large audience experience,” he said. “One of my earliest memories of going to the movies was going to see 2001 when I was seven years old and I’ve never forgotten the scale of that experience. I saw my first Imax movie when I was 15 and immediately wanted to make features in that format at that point. So for me, working on this scale has been a long-held dream.”

While visual spectacle is obviously a key ingredient of his work, Nolan also recalled how Hollywood movies with a human storyline had shaped his approach.

“I grew up in the era that was really a Golden Age for the blockbuster with films from people like Spielberg and I always loved how something like Close Encounters addressed the moment when humans would meet aliens, but did it from a family perspective, a very relatable human perspective. I really liked the idea of trying to give today’s audiences some of that form of storytelling.”

The similarities between Nolan’s Interstellar and Kubrick’s 2001 have not gone unnoticed, and a mashup trailer has been released by CutPrintFilm, with audio from the contemporary film and visuals from the 1968 classic.

Watch the 2001: An Interstellar Space Odyssey mashup:

Interstellar is in cinemas now. 2001: A Space Odyssey is also being re-released in cinemas on November 28.

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