Christopher Nolan Wants to Bring Back the 'Golden Age of the Blockbuster' with 'Interstellar'

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Any artist who does what he or she loves for a living can't help but battle the occasionally frustrating effects of balancing art and commerce -- in fact, it's sometimes enough to separate one's love from one's craft. So when a director as well-known as Christopher Nolan explains that he prefers film over television because "I just really like movies," you can't help but hope for him to succeed.

He'll have his next opportunity with Interstellar, poised to arrive in theaters November 7. As with most Nolan projects, the plot is pretty much top-secret, but Nolan recently offered CinemaCon attendees a few bits of insight into his hopes for the film.

"I grew up in an era that was a golden age of the blockbuster, when something we might call a family film could have universal appeal," said Nolan regarding the Matthew McConaughey-led sci-fi feature. "That's something I want to see again. In terms of the tone of the film, it looks at where we are as a people and has a universality about human experience."

Calling McConaughey's performance "extraordinary" and joking that his co-star, Michael Caine, is Nolan's "lucky charm," he turned talk to the technical aspects of Interstellar -- including his thoughts on the film-versus-digital debate.

"Film is the best way to capture an image and project that image. It just is, hands down. That's based on my assessment of what I'm seeing as a filmmaker," argued Nolan. "As far as innovation and experimentation, I'm in favor of any technological innovation, but it will always have to exceed what came before. None of the new technologies have done that."

To that end, Nolan said he relied on physical sets and effects for large portions of the movie -- and shared that, like any passionate film fan, he prefers seeing his movies in the theater.

"I've gone to movie theaters and watched [my films]," he explained. "Not enough filmmakers do that. And not enough people in our industry spend enough time in theaters and see the end result."

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