Magazine August 16, 2010, Issue

. . . As Dreams Are Made On

Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception (Legendary/Warner Bros.)

Christopher Nolan is ill-served by his admirers. In an age starved for movies that straddle the line between middlebrow and highbrow, pop art and the real thing, he’s been hailed as a kind of last best hope for mass-market filmmaking: the artist who knows how to make a blockbuster, the crowd-pleaser who’s also an auteur. The Dark Knight (2008) was lauded as the superhero movie that Shakespeare would have made, had somebody graced him with an ample budget for special effects and the chance to cast Heath Ledger as the Joker. This summer’s follow-up, the high-concept blockbuster Inception, was inspiring

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