The Nolan Variations discussion


Join us on Wednesday, March 10 at 8pm for a virtual conversation with Tom Shone, author of the new book The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan.

Brookline Booksmith is the official bookseller for this event. Through March 15, copies of The Nolan Variations purchased from will receive $5 off with code NOLANCOOLIDGE at checkout. Click here to order!

Watch the discussion live here or at the embedded video below:


An in-depth look at Christopher Nolan, considered to be the most profound, commercially successful director at work today, written with his full cooperation. A rare, revelatory portrait, “as close as you’re ever going to get to the Escher drawing that is Christopher Nolan’s remarkable brain” (Sam Mendes).

In chapters structured by themes and motifs (“Time”; “Chaos”; “Dreams”), Shone offers an unprecedented intimate view of the director. Shone explores Nolan’s thoughts on his influences, his vision, his enigmatic childhood past–and his movies, from plots and emotion to identity and perception, including his latest blockbuster, the action-thriller/spy-fi Tenet (“Big, brashly beautiful, grandiosely enjoyable” –Variety).

Filled with the director’s never-before-seen photographs, storyboards, and scene sketches, here is Nolan on the evolution of his pictures, and the writers, artists, directors, and thinkers who have inspired and informed his films.

“Fabulous: intelligent, illuminating, rigorous, and highly readable. The very model of what a filmmaking study should be. Essential reading for anyone who cares about Nolan or about film for that matter.” –Neal Gabler, author of An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood and Walt Disney, The Biography


Tom Shone was the film critic of the Sunday Times from 1994 until he moved to New York in 1999. He is the author of five books, including Tarantino: A Retrospective and Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Intelligent Life, and Vogue. He currently teaches film history and criticism at New York University.

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