Christopher Nolan Calls This Musical “An Amazing Piece of Directing”

Chris Nolan thoughts on 'La La Land'
BTS shot of Christopher Nolan directing 'Dunkirk'Credit: Warner Bros.
Who doesn't love a good musical? 

Have you ever wondered what Christopher Nolan thinks about musicals? Well, thanks to Tom Shone’s book The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan, now you don't have to. In the book, we get so many great Nolan nuggets. 

I truly think it is a must-read for film fans and people who want to get into the mind of a director. 

So, let's get to musicals, specifically, Damien Chazelle's La La Land

In the book, Nolan said, "La La Land, to me, is an extraordinary film. I saw it three or four times, it's just an amazing piece of directing, and I don't usually like musicals."

Nolan has never spoken publically about his feelings on the genre, but it's great news to hear that he enjoys musicals that push the boundaries of the genre while paying homage to the films that defined film musicals.

La La Land's beautiful cinematography and use of vibrant colors create a visually stunning world, while its witty dialogue and catchy soundtrack make it a joy to watch. Its thoughtful exploration of themes like love, ambition, and dreams in Hollywood makes the film one of the best musicals to revisit. 

Chris Nolan's opinion on 'La La Land'
'La La Land'Credit: Lionsgate
So, what other great insights can you glean from the book?

The book contains several enlightening parts that provide insights into Nolan's approach to filmmaking and the ideas that inform his work. It offers a detailed account of Nolan's creative process, from the inception of an idea to the finished product. Shone discusses how Nolan's approach to filmmaking involves meticulous attention to detail and a willingness to take risks and experiment with different techniques.

Shone charts the evolution of Nolan's style over the course of his career, from his early low-budget films to his blockbuster hits. He examines the recurring themes and motifs in Nolan's work and shows how they have developed and matured over time and the philosophical underpinnings of Nolan's films.

Give it a read!

Have you read the book? What are some of your takeaways from the book?

Let us know in the comments below!

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