Friday November 16, 2018

Dream-waking: Christopher Nolan’s explanation of Inception will steal your sleep


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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Was the spinning top about to fall or Leonardo DiCaprio’s stuck in an endless dream? The question has worn the brains of many cinephiles thin since Christopher Nolan’s Inception hit the theaters in 2010.

Finally the master of mindf#@% cinema has broken his silence on the ambiguously open ended closing shot of Inception. However, just like the movie, with his explanation he has left everyone awestruck and wanting for more.

Addressing a class of Princeton University graduates, Nolan shed some Rembrandt lighting on the curious case of spinning-yet-about-to-topple top in the last glimpse of Mr. Cobb’s reel life in his 2010 dream/fantasy/psychological thriller.

Although Christopher Nolan’s speech might not have been able to spill the beans about Inception as succinctly as many would have wanted, he has undoubtedly broken major metaphysical ground in philosophy with it.

Starting off with the reality-dream duality of life, Nolan went on to deconstruct the entire fabric of reality to the Princeton grads.

“In the great tradition of these speeches, generally someone says something along the lines of ‘Chase your dreams,’ but I don’t want to tell you that because I don’t believe that. I want you to chase your reality.”

“I feel that over time, we started to view reality as the poor cousin to our dreams, in a sense….I want to make the case to you that our dreams, our virtual realities, these abstractions that we enjoy and surround ourselves with – they are subsets of reality.”

“The way the end of that film worked, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb — he was off with his kids, he was in his own subjective reality. He didn’t really care anymore, and that makes a statement: perhaps, all levels of reality are valid. The camera moves over the spinning top just before it appears to be wobbling, it was cut to black.

“I skip out of the back of the theater before people catch me, and there’s a very, very strong reaction from the audience: usually a bit of a groan. The point is, objectively, it matters to the audience in absolute terms: even though when I’m watching, it’s fiction, a sort of virtual reality. But the question of whether that’s a  dream or whether it’s real is the question I’ve been asked most about any of the films I’ve made. It matters to people because that’s the point about reality. Reality matters.”

It’s doubtful whether or not the audiences can understand/appreciate Inception any better, but one thing is for sure, a good number of those kids who attended professor Nolan’s metaphysical lecture will surely have a hard time believing things now.

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Inception had truly left people dumbstruck with its ending! Open ended movies have a very unique ability to attract audience’s attention quickly and easily.

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End of 2018 Will See At least 5 LED Cinema Screens By Samsung

The screen offers "Onyx" surround sound from JBL by Harman International and Samsung's Audio Lab.

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Samsung India is looking to install about five of its 4K Onyx Cinema LED displays at movie theatres across the country by the end of 2018, a senior company executive has said.

The South Korean tech giant introduced the LED display for large screens in collaboration with the multiplex theatre major PVR Cinemas in India on Monday.

“This is our first installation and we are trying to go further and install many more screens in the country. Roughly 5-7 installations (in India) is what we are looking at before we exit 2018,” Puneet Sethi, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Enterprise Business, Samsung India, told IANS.

IANS had first reported in May that PVR Cinemas will be among the first multiplex chains to install Onyx Cinema LED in the country and that the LED screen would be deployed at PVR multiplexes in Delhi and Mumbai.

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Regal Cinema in New Delhi, the oldest single-screen theatre will down its operation. Wikimedia Commons

“To begin within India, we are concentrating only on Delhi and Mumbai. As we get into the first quarter of 2019, we will also focus on other metro cities such as Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad,” Sethi said.

“We are in discussion with other leading multiplex chains as well,” Sethi added.

The technology was originally introduced by Samsung in 2017 and it deployed the first screen in Korea.

PVR Cinemas said it would install the 4K Onyx Cinema LED screen in Mumbai by the end of 2018.

“This financial year we are looking at one more installation, which will be in Lower Parel, Mumbai,” said Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd.

The installation of one LED screen roughly requires 8-10 weeks.

The technology was originally introduced by Samsung in 2017 and it deployed the first screen in Korea.

“Based on the response of viewers in these two cities, we would decide about further installations in 2019,” Bijli added.

With this new technology, currently available only in a few countries around the world, enthusiasts can watch movies with better picture quality, true colours, and greater vibrancy and accuracy, Samsung India claimed.

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The LED display comes with comprehensive solutions such as “Onyx View”, “Onyx 3D” and “Onyx Sound”. The screen delivers HDR (High Dynamic Range) to the cinema, showcasing on-screen contents at peak brightness level, nearly 10 times greater than that offered by the standard cinema projectors.

The screen offers “Onyx” surround sound from JBL by Harman International and Samsung’s Audio Lab. (IANS)