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Inception. Director: Christopher Nolan Year: 2010 Genre: Action, adventure, Sci-fi Cast: Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) Saito (Ken Watanabe) Mal (Marion Cotillard) Ariadne (Ellen Page). Names in Inception. Dom Cobb – “dom” is a root for home, as in domicile.

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Inception

Inception

  • Director: Christopher Nolan

  • Year: 2010

  • Genre: Action, adventure, Sci-fi

  • Cast:

    • Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio)

    • Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

    • Saito (Ken Watanabe)

    • Mal (Marion Cotillard)

    • Ariadne (Ellen Page)


Names in inception

Names in Inception

  • Dom Cobb – “dom” is a root for home, as in domicile.

  • Ariadne – in Greek mythology, Ariadne gave Theseus the “key” to the labyrinth

  • Yusuf – Arabic for Joseph, a Biblical interpreter of dreams

  • Mal – pronounced “Moll” in the film, mal is a Latin prefix that means bad or evil

  • Robert Fischer is named for chess champion Bobby Fischer


Cobb s team

Cobb’s Team

  • Dom Cobb – team leader

  • Arthur – researches the subject

  • Ariadne – the architect: designs the physical elements of the dream environments

  • Eames – the forger: in real life, creates false documents. In the dream, appears as other people

  • Yusuf – the chemist: designs the compounds that will allow dream sleep

  • Saito – employer


Diegesis the world of the movie

Diegesis – the world of the movie

  • Diegetic sound – all sounds that could logically be heard by the characters in the film:

    • Dialog, sounds made by objects in the film, ambient noise

  • Non-diegetic sound – sounds the characters do not hear

    • background music, voice-over narration

  • Other non-diegetic elements: subtitles


No regrets

“No Regrets”

  • The song the team uses to cue the end of a dream

  • Edith Piaf – “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien”

  • Diegetic sound – the dreamers hear it

  • The lyrics are in French and mean, “I regret nothing.”

    • Ironic choice because Cobb is motivated by the events he regrets


M c escher and paradox

M.C. Escher and paradox

  • Maurice Fischer’s name honors M.C. Escher (Maurits Cornelius Escher)

  • Artist who created paradoxical drawings, such as the infinite stairs:


Dream layers

Reality on the plane

Yusuf Arthur Eames Fischer Ariadne Saito Cobb

Yusuf’s dream

Yusuf Arthur Eames Fischer Ariadne Saito Cobb

Arthur’s dream

Arthur Eames Fischer Ariadne Saito Cobb

Eames’s dream

Eames Fischer Ariadne Saito Cobb

Limbo

Fischer Ariadne Saito Cobb

Dream Layers


Narrative structure set up conflict resolution

Narrative Structure: Set-up, conflict, resolution

  • Set-up

    • Characters are introduced

    • The concept of shared dreaming is taught

      • We see Cobb attempt extraction on Saito

      • Cobb and Arthur teach Ariadne


Narrative structure

Narrative Structure

  • Conflict

    • Mal invades Cobb’s dreams

    • Cobb can’t go home

    • The team must perform inception

  • Resolution

    • Cobb confesses his guilt -> Mal will stop haunting his dreams

    • The team succeeds -> Fisher is healed

    • Saito pulls strings so Cobb can go home


Filming the freefall scenes

Filming the Freefall Scenes

  • When the van rolls:

    • Duplicate sets were built inside rotating rings

    • The hotel corridor and room rotated; the actors had to time their moves to match the rotation

  • When the van falls:

    • The duplicate set was vertical

    • Actors were suspended on wires


Inception

Don't you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!


The train

The Train

You're waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter. How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?


Team analogies to movie production

Dom Cobb – Director

Arthur – Producer

Ariadne (the architect) – Production designer

Eames (the forger) – Actor

Saito –The studio

Fischer – the audience

Team analogies to movie production


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