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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Without a doubt, filmmaker Christopher Nolan is one of the most vocal supporters of the traditional film experience. He’s not one to lift up the idea of staying at home and watching movies on your LCD screen.

In fact, he’s so in favor of the theater tradition that several months back, he expressed his refusal to work with Netflix, and he went so far as to accuse the streaming service of trying to shut down theaters. However, he’s since then sent an apologiy to Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos.

“I should have been more polite. I said what I believe, but I was undiplomatic in the way I expressed it. I wasn’t giving any context to the frankly revolutionary nature of what Netflix has done. It’s extraordinary. They need appropriate respect for that, which I have.”

Similarly, he’s very traditional about the differences between the film and TV mediums. Speaking with Variety, Nolan commented on the increasingly blurry line between the mediums, saying:

“I view movies and television as different, and the conventional thinking right now is that they must converge and become the same thing. A scenario in which movies and television become more similar elevates television but diminishes movies.”

He also sees TV as a place for labyrinthine plots, whereas film is a the medium for tighter, bigger, and ultimately more consuming experiences. Another arena where he’s traditional is with the viewing experience.

Do you agree with Nolan’s comments regarding TV and film? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

  • axebox

    Unfortunately, I’m looking to the future here, and I don’t see people watching 2 hours of anything at once. Just look at the children growing up now – they have the attention spans of a newborn puppy. Not to say that there will be no more movies, just that the theater experience of spending 2 hours in front of a screen is going away. And traditional films will morph into more serialized projects, of which we are already seeing the move to that (Game of Thrones, Westworld, Stranger Things, Daredevil, etc).

    I don’t really have a problem with that, as long as I can watch and geek out to stories. But I see a traditional 2 hour movie morphing into a set of 1 hour shows, or expanded to be 3 hours. And traditional serialized content will have a higher range of budgets.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I see this with my nephews and I can already see the future. A future where a young child/adult will start a season of Stranger Things season 5, get engulfed in the first couple of episodes, and then put on something else. Never to again return to the series. That is the doomsday we are headed to.

    • Victor Roa

      if the film is Transformers, then no they won’t watch the film.

  • Kronx

    We’re in a period of metamorphosis for TV and film. I’m surprised Nolan doesn’t understand that Netflix and streaming services have the most potential to offer unique storytelling formats. There’s nothing that says a Netflix program has to be episodic story telling.

    Netflix isn’t TV. In fact, if I was them, I would consider putting more stuff in theaters, maybe even buying something like Fathom Events.

    • axebox

      I don’t see Netflix investing in a declining business. They’ve always been the cutting edge.

  • Victor Roa

    I’d love to watch Nolan talk with Stevens Sodenberg.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.