In a lot of ways, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet felt like a culmination of the filmmaker’s many visions almost exactly 20 years after he first came onto the scene for fans. It explores his continued fascination with the concept of time, which very much began with 2000’s Memento. And apparently the inspiration for Tenet began all the way back during the making of that early Nolan film. One might call it a dream within a dream.
Tenet is finally available to view at home after a lot of hub-bub regarding its chaotic place in the theatrical vs. streaming conversation. It will open the door for a slew of more Nolan fans to see it in all its glory and time-twistyness. With that in mind, Christopher Nolan has recently spoken about his early influences for Tenet, which took place on the set of Memento, his second feature film. In his words to Complex:
This is interesting. If the opening of Memento has slipped your mind, or you decided to opt out of getting a tattoo to remember it by, the 2000 movie begins with a bullet flying out of a wall into a man’s head and then into the gun. So… time inversion. In terms of filmmaking, Christopher Nolan has been using this concept since the inception of his career, and he decided early on he wanted to make a movie that would have characters actually grapple with bullets going into guns and such.
It sounds like a Memento rewatch could be really interesting following Tenet to reflect on how his early ideas became the $250 million summer blockbuster that his latest movie was produced to be. There are a number of distinct styles Christopher Nolan has been working with over the years or little elements that seem to always make their way into his work, whether it be trains or Michael Caine. And it’s intriguing to hear that Tenet was an innate part of his ideas even before he became a massive director with lots of public opinions.
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