Fandango’s Exclusive Dunkirk Interview with Christopher Nolan

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Yesterday Fandango posted an exclusive interview with Christopher Nolan regarding his upcoming film Dunkirk. This follows up an on-stage presentation, including a screening of the film’s prologue, that Nolan did at CinemaCon this week in Las Vegas, as well as an earlier interview granted to the French magazine Première. The new interview is chock-full of interesting tid bits, but we’re just going to share some of the highlights before directing you over to Fandango to read the full interview.

Fandango: Is this the most you’ve ever worked with IMAX cameras on a film?

Nolan: Yes, there’s absolutely more IMAX [than we’ve ever done]. The entire film is large format film photography, and I’ve never done that before. Very few people have ever done that before, and no one has ever shot as much IMAX as we’re doing. Most of the film is IMAX. With every film we’ve learned more and more how to maximize our ability to use those cameras, and we found ways to get those cameras into very unusual places for a camera that size, but the image quality speaks for itself. I think it’s going to be an extremely exciting presentation, particularly in those IMAX theaters.

Fandango: What is going to surprise audiences the most, especially fans of yours?

Nolan: I think people who know the story of Dunkirk, in particular, may be surprised by the intensity of the experience. It’s a very suspenseful story and we really try to do justice to that. The pacing is relentless, and the story and action scenes are extraordinarily intense. I think the lean, stripped-down nature of that, and how fast it moves, and what it puts you through in this short space of time… I think it has a different rhythm that I’ve worked in before.

Fandango: We’ve also heard Dunkirk is light on dialogue. Talk about that decision.

Nolan: Yeah, you know it’s the kind of film where the visual aspect of the film is dominant right from the get-go. There’s dialogue in the film, but we really tried to approach the storytelling very much from a visual point of view, and an action and suspense point of view. Trying to create suspense visually — a visceral sense of what it would be like to be confronted by this awful paradoxical situation.

To read the full interview head over to Fandango. Dunkirk is scheduled to hit IMAX and traditional theaters on July 21, 2017.

by Teddy Blass
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