Christopher Nolan’s love of BWOWs and bass over understandable dialogue is well known. He’s already made his dumb argument for it. But now the director is also going on record to say that even other industry professionals think his films have a dogshit audio mix.
In the new book The Nolan Variations, Nolan remorselessly revealed, “I actually got calls from other filmmakers who would say, ‘I just saw your film, and the dialogue is inaudible.'” Instead of treating that as a wake-up call, Nolan doubled down on how cool his “very, very radical mix” was.
“I was shocked to realize how conservative people are when it comes to sound,” said the man whose idea of “dreams” is just different ways for white people to shoot guns at each other.
“You can make a film that looks like anything, you can shoot on your iPhone, no one’s going to complain,” he said of images that are at least coherently recognizable. “But if you mix the sound a certain way, or if you use certain subfrequencies, people get up in arms [about how they can’t fucking tell what anyone is saying].” Weird that, huh?
“It’s a pretty fascinating sound mix,” the Maxell-guy-turned-director added.