Christopher Nolan, ‘The Dark Knight’

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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