Just how autobiographical is Christopher Nolan's Inception?

If you only read one essay about the hit dream-heist movie Inception today, make it this one. Lazenby takes the idea that we already raised, that Inception is about the act of making movies, and goes one further: It's about Christopher Nolan's anxieties about making movies, the fear that at any moment, the inspiration could drain away and you'll be left with a sterile action movie. [Lazenby on Tumblr, via Roger Ebert on Twitter]


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Sorry, but Christopher Nolan flat out said all this in his Entertainment Weekly interview which was conducted on July 13th.

"As he finished the Inception script in 2009, Nolan realized his fantastical notions about ''shared dreaming'' weren't just making for a far-out crime caper — they were also forming an elaborate metaphor for our digital era of immersive, interactive entertainments, for moviemaking and moviegoing, and for Nolan's own artistic life. DiCaprio's squad of dream thieves is analogous to a filmmaking operation, complete with director (DiCaprio), producer (Gordon-Levitt), production designer (Page), actor (Hardy), and financier (Watanabe). ''In trying to write a team-based creative process, I wrote the one I know,'' says Nolan. In the movie, Cobb risks becoming lost in his own head and fights to reconnect with reality and return to his family. ''I can lose myself in my job very easily. Which is why it's such an incredible privilege to work with my wife and work here at home,'' says Nolan. ''It's rare that you can identify yourself so clearly in a film.''

No one is exactly discovering some obscure truth here.