By now everyone has seen Christopher Nolan’s latest film Inception. If not, schedule it in your Blackberry, leave yourself a Post-It note as a reminder or just go out for lunch and not return for three hours. Nolan may be the man who gave us the most successful comic-book movie ever made in The Dark Knight, but not many have seen his first feature film. Contrary to popular opinion, it was not Memento.
His debut was a black-and-white feature called Following. Shot for less than $10,000, Nolan was the writer/director on the project and his own cinematographer. Why mention it now? Maybe it’s because there’s a character named “Cobb” just like Inception. Actually, Nolan’s latest cinematic effort gave IFC Films the idea to re-release Following in theaters and on-demand to give audiences who don’t already own the film on DVD the chance to see it.
The DVD, which came out December 2001, was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. While copies can be had relatively cheap, IFC Films and the Criterion Collection have partnered up to release a series of Contemporary Classics. Already released titles include Che, Hunger, Gomorrah, and A Christmas Tale. A Criterion release of Nolan’s Following is in development, but has yet to get a formal announcement with release date and specs.
An unemployed aspiring “writer” Bill has a peculiar hobby, shadowing strangers at random in the streets of London. When Cobb, a man Bill has been following, catches him in the act, Bill is drawn into Cobb’s world of breaking into flats and prying into the personal lives of their victims.
It feels like its been eons since I last watched Nolan’s Following – I think I picked it up right after I discovered Memento. With this latest announcement and trailer, I may dig it out and see if it was as good as I remembered. Heck, I may even pair it with Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi for a double feature of Hollywood films at $10,000 or less.
Following is currently playing on demand via IFC In Theaters, so check your local listings.
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