How Christopher Nolan Was Inspired by Francis Bacon



Film director Christopher Nolan reveals how paintings by artist Francis Bacon inspired the Joker’s smeared make-up in ‘The Dark Knight’.

Nolan talks about his longstanding fascination for Bacon’s work, and why, when words fail him, he turns to art to help shape his creative vision.

This film is one of a series in which leading creatives share artworks from Tate Britain’s collection that have inspired them.

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41 thoughts on “How Christopher Nolan Was Inspired by Francis Bacon

  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    the inscrutable attention this man has to even individual elements of action films is pretty remarkable; comparing him to most other action film directors (e.g. michael bay) just shows how impressive he is as a film-making talent

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    I seen the joker picture made francis bacon at the last scene,is it real things?

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    Nolan…a filmmaker who can make the most pretentious things, sound not so pretentious.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    KING NOLAN IMMORTAL LORD GOD!! The smartest man alive

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    The painting the Joker spares in Tim Burton's Batman was also a Bacon painting.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    Nolan would've definitely related/looked at Batman (1989) in the scene where the Joker, played by Jack Nicholson destroys paintings in a museum – all but one by Francis Bacon for his Batman films.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    I could listen to this man talk all day about art or films. He is so far ahead of many other Hollywood directors today, making the likes of Michael Bay look like primitive cavemen.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    Would somebody please kindly tell me what the music is playing in the background during this video please? Its very soothing. Many thanks

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    This guy is so full of bullshit. Interstellar is something only dumb people would enjoy.

    – Why is there a drought?… Genetic engineering.
    – Why don't the evolved humans/Aliens directly save us?
    – How does humanity just teleport to a new planet? fuck real science.
    – Why even land on inhospitable plants? Just looking at it from just above or using a telescope is enough.
    – How is there a massive black hole right next to the planets they wanna colonize? They'd get devoured. The nearest one next to earth is ~1600 light years away.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    Mr. Nolan is the BEST director of this generation, he takes his time makes great realistic films, he made batman fans love batman again, making it as real as possible , barely no cgi.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    For a guy who makes such action packed films,he is really calm

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    I think this is actually the first time I have heard Christopher Nolan talk.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    I also understand that the movie "Dude where's my car" was inspired by Chaucer! 

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    The last shot of the clown figure looks (obviously) immensly similar to the Heath Ledger joker. I would have loved to hear a few words on the relationship between that clown figure and the final design.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    When Chris is talking about the "black space" behind the subject in the paintings, that is best shown in "The Dark Knight," when The Joker is sitting alone in the dark interrogation room. It's only when the lights are turned on that it's revealed that Batman was standing there the whole time. 

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    So no mention of Lee Bermejo, who started working on the Joker graphic novel with Greg Rucka while Nolan and his team were still deciding what the Joker would look like in the next movie? Okay.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    This director can do almost anything. Inception was my favorite out of all his movies until he make more of course. 

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  • September 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    Does anyone else think that Nolan reminds you of Harry Enfield?

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