British director expands territory with each film

Christopher Nolan is some kind of creative Genghis Khan, further solidifying and expanding his territory with every film.

In just a decade, the British-born filmmaker has traveled from no-budget, black-and-white indie lands (1998’s neo-noir “Following”) to the vast, imaginative worlds of the “Batman” franchise with nary a hitch.

No doubt, his ingenious reverse-chronology “Memento” established his rep, but follow-up “Insomnia,” which could have been a workmanlike remake of an obscure Norwegian thriller, turned out to be a critical victory.

Nolan is a cunning strategist and sophisticated storyteller, and together with screenwriter sibling Jonathan by his side, the duo have devised a winning tactic, combining brain-challenging feints with engrossing pop entertainment assaults, apparent in both 2006’s large-scale experiment “The Prestige” and this year’s $1 billion worldwide smash “The Dark Knight.”

Trophies: Independent Spirit Award; Rotterdam Tiger Award

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