‘Dune’ Director Denis Villeneuve Pays Tribute to Christopher Nolan: “Movie after movie, he keeps fascinating me.”

'Dune' Director Denis Villeneuve Pays Tribute to Christopher Nolan: "Movie after movie, he keeps fascinating me."
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This year, acclaimed British filmmaker Christopher Nolan has finally received his first Oscar for his work on Oppenheimer and everyone agreed that it was deserved, but also that it should not have been his first Oscar, seeing how many masterful movies Nolan had made before Oppenheimer. In that aspect, the filmmaker officially became a part of history (he was there before, but the awards he received for Oppenheimer made it official, so no one could deny it anymore) and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of his colleagues speak very highly of him and his achievements over the years.

Although modern cinema is much more diverse than it was decades ago, and there are several equally innovative and important approaches to filmmaking, we cannot deny that Nolan definitely changed cinema. His visionary approach, as well as his unshakeable stance in defending his own approach to his craft, make Nolan one of the most important filmmakers in history.

This is also something that many other filmmakers have noticed, as the special collector’s edition of Empire magazine, dedicated to Nolan, shows. Many of Nolan’s colleagues talked about the filmmaker in this special edition, and among them was another one from the list of most important filmmakers of this era. In case you haven’t guessed, it is Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, best known for his work on the Dune series, but also some other amazing movies like Sicario and Arrival. Speaking to Empire about Nolan and his work, Villeneuve had only words of praise for the British filmmaker:

“Chris Marker, Rod Serling, Tarkovsky, Kubrick… Christopher Nolan belongs to this group of artists: the time explorers, the inventors, the magicians, those who dream more deeply. Chris’ technical ambitions and mastery, combined with his impressive ability to transform abstract concepts into compelling dramatic journeys, make him a unique artist and easily one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. Movie after movie, he keeps fascinating me.”

Source: Empire

It’s not just that Villeneuve praised Nolan, his words echoing what everyone who’s seen even one Nolan movie thinks, but he also put him in a group that every filmmaker would want to be a part of. Tarkovsky? Kubrick? These two are among the most important filmmakers in history. Tarkovsky created some of the most memorable and important art films in history, while Kubrick’s meticulous approach to cinema revolutionized American cinema during the peak of the filmmaker’s career.

Nolan definitely has done a lot for modern cinema and to be compared to the greatest among the great is certainly an honor, and we can only agree with what Villeneuve has said about him for Empire.

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