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Ep 129: “Memento” (2000, Christopher Nolan)

December 08, 2020

We back our way through Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and discuss:

  • cinematography, setting the tone for a mechanically complex film;
  • writing & story, why this film would not work if told with a traditional structure;
  • comparing Memento to Following, what does an extra $9 million budget get you?;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

I don’t underestimate audiences’ intelligence. Audiences are much brighter than media gives them credit for. When people went to a movie once a week in the 1930s and that was their only exposure to media, you were required to do a different grammar.Michael Mann

Notes & References:
Principal photography was shot from Sept 7 through Oct 8 1999, 25 day shooting schedule per Wikipedia
Jodie Comer iMDB
Mortar & Pestle
Apparently, there was a lot of encouraged improvised dialog in the black & white sequences. All of Sammy Jankiss’ dialog was improv’d by Stephen Tobolowsky, and Guy Pearce was encouraged to improv during his phone call sequences.

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