His position in the film industry is unique: No other director reaches such a large audience with original ideas as Christopher Nolan. Success has a system.

In principle, Christopher Nolan makes art house films with blockbuster budgets.  He prefers to film with Imax cameras, because his cinematic ideas require the largest possible screen.

In principle, Christopher Nolan makes art house films with blockbuster budgets. He prefers to film with Imax cameras, because his cinematic ideas require the largest possible screen.

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Christopher Nolan may not be the last man to wear a wristwatch. But for the British-American filmmaker, who is celebrating his fiftieth birthday on July 30th, she is more than a pretty accessory. Nolan has an extraordinary relationship with time. This is evidenced by the actions of his films, the chronological course of which he prefers to stretch, compress, or turn around, so that the viewer sometimes feels dizzy.