In an op-ed for the Washington Post on Friday, the 'Dunkirk' director acknowledged the 'regular people' behind the glamor of the movie business and identified the reasons why theatergoing is a collective, cathartic experience.
In response to the film industry being threatened by the global coronavirus pandemic — and in particular, the massive toll its taking on movie theaters — Christopher Nolan addressed the issues in an op-ed for the Washington Post on Friday.
"Movie theaters are a vital part of American life," the headline declared. "They will need our help." In the op-ed, Nolan wrote about what the movie industry really means, beyond the superficial surface appearance that it generates.
"When people think about movies, their minds first go to the stars, the studios, the glamour. But the movie business is about everybody: the people working the concession stands, running the equipment, taking tickets, booking movies, selling and advertising and cleaning bathrooms in local theaters. Regular people, many paid hourly wages rather than a salary, earn a living running the most affordable and democratic of our community gathering places."
Nolan then referenced the immense challenges that the community now faces in the wake of the coronavirus, which has rapidly spread throughout the world, affecting over 300,000 people and causing over 12,000 deaths; as well as state-of-emergency declarations and "Safer at Home" orders from lawmakers. As part of Governor Gavin Newsom's directive that all non-essential businesses close to slow the spread of the virus and encourage social distancing, movie theaters have in California and New York have closed until further notice.
"In this time of unprecedented challenge and uncertainty, it's vital to acknowledge the prompt and responsible decisions made by all kinds of companies across our country that have closed their doors in full knowledge of the damage they are doing to their business," wrote Nolan.
He continued, "Our nation's incredible network of movie theaters is one of these industries, and as Congress considers applications for assistance from all sorts of affected businesses, I hope that people are seeing our exhibition community for what it really is: a vital part of social life, providing jobs for many and entertainment for all."
The Dunkirk director went on to say, "As a filmmaker, my work can never be complete without those workers and the audiences they welcome." While noting that entertainment, in its many forms, can provide catharsis, Nolan wrote that the past few weeks have been a reminder that "there are parts of life that are far more important than going to the movies." He then added, "But, when you consider what theaters provide, maybe not so many as you might think."
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The back catalog of director Christopher Nolan is chock-full of mysterious cinematic masterpieces. From Memento to Inception, Nolan loves to put together a mind-bending movie experience, and the upcoming action thriller Tenet looks to be no exception. One actor that shows up a lot in Nolan's movies is Hollywood icon, Michael Caine, though despite having already filmed Tenet, as well as being someone that Christopher Nolan relies on as an actor, Caine has now admitted he does not know very much about the movie at all.'He [Nolan] is so secretive he won't let me have the script. All I had was one day's work and he gave me my pages. I did my part and shot only with John David. I haven't heard anything since.'
Well, at least Michael Caine knows that he shot some scenes with headline actor John David Washington. That's something, at least. The only other thing he seems to know about Tenet is that everything surrounding the movie is very secretive. Not the most helpful, then.
It does not come as much of a surprise that Nolan keeps things to himself, even from the actors starring in the movie in question. Most, possibly even all, of his projects have been incredibly secretive, with Inception in particular being surrounded in so much mystery that no one had any idea what it was about. Some still don't even after watching the Tenet trailer.
One thing that Michael Caine does seem pretty confident about is that he is a bit of a 'lucky mascot' not only for Tenet but for director Christopher Nolan.'All the films I have made with [Nolan] have raked in over a billion dollars, so he has to have me in a film even if he has no part for me. In Dunkirk, I was only a voice-over and I got billing in the credit title.'
In fairness to his claim, The Dark Knight made over a billion dollars as did the sequel and trilogy finale The Dark Knight Rises. However, Inception actually made around $828 million worldwide, whilst Batman Begins brought in $373 million, with Dunkirk making $527 million, so his claim certainly has holes in it. Perhaps he was just being hyperbolic.
Tenet meanwhile involves a secret agent who is tasked with preventing World War III through time travel. At least, that's what we think the movie is about. There is also an organization involved called The Afterlife. The footage that has been released so far looks very Nolan-esque, with stylish action sequences taking place, some of them in reverse, hence the time travel element.
The movie is an action thriller directed by blockbuster maestro Christopher Nolan and stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. Tenet is scheduled to be released on July 17, 2020. Until then, let the speculation about just what on earth is going on continue.
This total lack of information about Tenet courtesy of Michael Caine comes to us from The Hindu.