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The 2006 film about rival magicians desperately trying to learn the secrets of each others tricks.

You want to be fooled. Who??

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CakeLessEgg wrote:
Jonas Agersø wrote:On a meta level he speaks to the audience who watches the film.


Well, that is a slap to the face of audience.


Just replying to this part of your post (which is given in full above).

Nolan's famous for playing with the conventions of narrative. To observe that humans want their stories to go a certain way--and are capable of closing their minds to interpretations they don't like--is not necessarily insulting. We may want to believe that we are ultra-rational, but the evidence is abundant that we are swayed by our desires in ways that have little to do with reason.

Some people don't like being confronted with this knowledge. But others find it intriguing--hence the huge business in pop-psychology books with titles like "Predictably Irrational," "Mistakes Were Made--But Not By Me," and "Why People Believe Weird Things."*

It's easy to see why Nolan was attracted to Christopher Priest's novel (which was the original source of the "you want to be fooled" phrase.)


*By, respectively, Dan Ariely; Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson; and Michael Shermer. All highly entertaining books, by the way.
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Ponsonby wrote:
CakeLessEgg wrote:
Jonas Agersø wrote:On a meta level he speaks to the audience who watches the film.


Well, that is a slap to the face of audience.


Just replying to this part of your post (which is given in full above).

Nolan's famous for playing with the conventions of narrative. To observe that humans want their stories to go a certain way--and are capable of closing their minds to interpretations they don't like--is not necessarily insulting. We may want to believe that we are ultra-rational, but the evidence is abundant that we are swayed by our desires in ways that have little to do with reason.

Some people don't like being confronted with this knowledge. But others find it intriguing--hence the huge business in pop-psychology books with titles like "Predictably Irrational," "Mistakes Were Made--But Not By Me," and "Why People Believe Weird Things."*

It's easy to see why Nolan was attracted to Christopher Priest's novel (which was the original source of the "you want to be fooled" phrase.)


*By, respectively, Dan Ariely; Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson; and Michael Shermer. All highly entertaining books, by the way.


thank u for this info. :twothumbsup:
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The audience watching the film.
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Chris is messing with audience not only by this sentence, but also with " Are You watching closely" repeated through the entire movie.
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Z. Cobb wrote:breaks the 4th wall.


Hell yes.
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poplar wrote:Chris is messing with audience not only by this sentence, but also with " Are You watching closely" repeated through the entire movie.

Maybe Nolan wants an audience that can follow him throughout the film. Maybe an audience that can watch the film once and understand it fully.

Maybe.
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I would say the audience as a whole. Maybe its more along the lines of do you want to be entertained? Sometimes the truth is staring you in the face (the good, the bad, the ugly) but is that entertaining enough?
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m4st4 wrote:
Z. Cobb wrote:breaks the 4th wall.


Hell yes.


What.
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