Following

Following

DVD - 2012
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Is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel. He gets more than he bargained for with one of his unwitting subjects, who leads him down a dark, criminal path. Special features included.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2012
ISBN: 9781604656367
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (70 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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BaleHead
Sep 01, 2017

Outstanding work for Christopher Nolan's first feature film. Made on a budget of $6000 and filmed on weekends, this shows the beginning of a very talented and confident filmmaker. Following plants the seeds for Nolan's trademark non-linear storytelling.

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TheSandoz
Apr 08, 2017

Before he became a sensation with the twisty revenge story Memento, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) fashioned this low-budget, black-and-white, 16 mm neonoir with comparable precision and cunning. Supplying irrefutable evidence of Nolan’s directorial bravura, Following is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer who trails strangers through London, hoping that they will provide inspiration for his first novel. He gets more than he bargained for with one of his unwitting subjects, who leads him down a dark, criminal path. With gritty aesthetics and a made-on-the-fly vibe (many shots were simply stolen on the streets, unbeknownst to passersby), Following is a mind-bending psychological journey that shows the remarkable beginnings of one of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers.

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Nursebob
Oct 27, 2016

Although Christopher Nolan’s first full-length film clocks in at a mere seventy minutes he packs it with more twists than many features twice its length. Filmed in old school B&W on a budget of only six thousand dollars this is not only a remarkably astute character study but a wickedly convoluted thriller to boot. Shifting the narrative back and forth through time Nolan thwarts any attempts to place his story in sequential order, forcing us to rely on little cues instead: a change in hair style or clothing; a bruised eye that comes and goes; fleeting snatches of a police confession… The result is a giddy, disorienting, and highly voyeuristic short film that hints at better things to come.

epotter8811 Apr 10, 2013

Christopher Nolan's first film, shot on the fly in Britain, is a concise little movie. Fans of Nolan's bigger budget movies might find its visuals a little too low-budget for their tastes, but his penchant for mind-bending plot twists is ever present. What it lacks in scope, Following makes up for in the director's style. While Momento does the whole story-told-out-of-order thing better (and easier to follow), it's fun to see where Nolan's cinematic mind-trips began.

Glencoe_Mike Jan 11, 2013

Meh. A lot shorter than the Dark Knight Rises, though.

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