The audience reaction surprised Christopher Nolan after he secretly attended an IMAX screening

Oppenheimer Director Christopher Nolan recalled an unforgettable experience he had on the opening night of his acclaimed biographical drama.

In a recent interview with diversityNolan shared that he and his family, including his wife and producing partner Emma Thomas, secretly went to one of Oppenheimer’s sold-out IMAX screenings on opening night. He revealed that they sneaked into the back of the theater at the AMC Lincoln Square in Manhattan, hoping to see the audience’s reaction in person Oppenheimer. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker expressed surprise and amazement at the level of focus and attention the audience gave the film, something he had never seen before.

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“It was a remarkable experience to be there,” Nolan said. “Every seat was taken and the concentration on what was happening on the screen was so strong. This level of commitment was something I had never really felt before. There was real attention paid.” According to Nolan, he felt the audience’s strong reaction most strongly during the scene when Cillian Murphy’s Oppenheimer and his team prepare to detonate the first atomic bomb.

Oppenheimer focuses on the life of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, also known as the father of the atomic bomb. The film tells of the groundbreaking development of nuclear weapons and its world-changing consequences. An all-star ensemble consisting of Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Alden Ehrenreich, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Gary Oldman, Alex Wolff, Devon Bostick, David Dastmalchian and others accompanied Murphy.

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Oppenheimer encompasses three different genres

When explaining the different genres in OppenheimerNolan divided the story into three parts, which he viewed as three different films combined into one whole. “The film begins as a sort of heroic origin story, if you will: Young Oppenheimer,” the director claimed. “And then in the middle of the movie, when he gets into the Los Alamos project, it really becomes a heist movie. It’s about putting together a team and pulling off an impossible project. As for the imagery, “I always thought this part was more of a Western. The final act is a full-fledged courtroom drama. I’ve always been fascinated by courtroom dramas, I’ve always wanted to do one.”

During its theatrical release Oppenheimer In total, it grossed over $940 million at the global box office, making it Nolan’s highest-grossing film abroad The Dark Knight Trilogy. It also set a new record by becoming the second highest-rated R-rated film of all time, previously held by the 2018 film Deadpool 2. Following its successful theatrical release, fans will soon be able to watch Oppenheimer in the comfort of their own home, as the film is currently scheduled to be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital in time for Thanksgiving on November 21st.

Source: diversity

Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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