Following

Following

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Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christopher Nolan, Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell

     
 

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Christopher Nolan made his feature directorial debut with this 16mm black-and-white British suspense drama, shot on weekends with a $6,000 budget. Wannabe writer Bill, aka "The Young Man" (Jeremy Theobald), is "between jobs," living in impoverished circumstances with no prospects, plots, or outlines. Desperate for ideas, he begins following people in the street to… See more details below

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Christopher Nolan made his feature directorial debut with this 16mm black-and-white British suspense drama, shot on weekends with a $6,000 budget. Wannabe writer Bill, aka "The Young Man" (Jeremy Theobald), is "between jobs," living in impoverished circumstances with no prospects, plots, or outlines. Desperate for ideas, he begins following people in the street to "gather material," more accurately described as a venture into voyeurism. When Cobb (Alex Haw) realizes he's being followed, he confronts Bill. Cobb explains that he goes one step further -- entering people's apartments not only for theft but also to spy on private possessions. The notion of illegal intrusions excites Bill, but graduating to the next plateau beyond break-ins sets him up as a fall guy. Shown at the 1998 San Francisco Film Festival.

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The roots of Memento are evident in Christopher Nolan's brilliant first feature, the black-and-white puzzle Following, which previews the filmmaker's fondness for unconventional chronology and deceitful trickery. Influenced by the films of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, Nolan fills the screen with antique typewriters, old-model televisions, and timeless wardrobes, transforming his shoestring budget into an homage to the French New Wave that might have taken place or been filmed decades ago. It's one of many ways Nolan is conscious of time, a construct he manipulates on the most noticeable level by fragmenting the chronology according to a precise expository pattern in his head. In addition to more traditionally structured scenes, his film contains a series of tantalizing, non-sequential images that reveal themselves as the narrative unfolds, the various haircuts and facial bruises of his lead character (Jeremy Theobald) eventually coalescing into coherence. Following starts as a profile of a man who shadows random people out of a sociological interest tinged with perverse loneliness, which itself might have sustained a brisk, 71-minute movie. But then Nolan changes direction by introducing a different loner, Alex Haw's Cobb, who deflects focus toward a dispassionate treatise on burglary, the value of sentimental possessions and the sanctity of violated privacy. Nor is this the last narrative twist up the director's sleeve. The dialogue and acting are both quite mature for the resources available to Nolan, especially given his own inexperience. In fact, Memento might have been billed as "from the director of Following" if the film had gotten enough exposure to be recognized as the debut of a major talent.
Village Voice - Michael Atkinson
...Christopher Nolan's little-Brit-indie-that-could, Following...trucks in ideas thick with tarnish (post-Hitch voyeurism, the romantic schmo caught between a bruised femme and a sadistic crime lord, the peeling of onionlike layers of double cross, etc.) and still comes off goosey with sweat and anxiety.
San Francisco Examiner - Jeff Anderson
Most of the joy of Following is discovering the little tricks for ourselves.... Nolan seems to be the first of the young independent filmmakers to throw out his wristwatch at the same time he picked up a camera.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2012
UPC:
0715515099110
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:10:00
Sales rank:
351

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Theobald The Young Man
Alex Haw Cobb
Lucy Russell The Blonde
John Nolan The Policeman
Jennifer Angel Actor

Technical Credits
Christopher Nolan Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Broderick Executive Producer
Ivan Cornell Sound/Sound Designer
Gareth Heal Editor
David Julyan Score Composer,Sound/Sound Designer
David Lloyd Sound/Sound Designer
Tristan Martin Art Director
Jeremy Theobald Producer
Emma Thomas Producer
James Wheeler Sound/Sound Designer

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New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director Christopher Nolan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New 5.1 surround mix by rerecording mixer Gary Rizzo, presented in DTS-HD master audio; Audio commentary by Nolan; New interview with Nolan; Chronological edit of the film; Side-by-side comparison of the shooting script with three scenes from the film; Doodlebug (1997), a three-minute film by Nolan, starring Following's Jeremy Theobald; Trailers; PLUS: an essay by film critic and programmer Scott Foundas

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