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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (9 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571210473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571210473
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This jolting jigsaw puzzle of a movie grabs you and won't let go."--Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone""Deconstructs time and space with Einstein-caliber dexterity in the service of a delectably disturbing tale of revenge. [A] beautifully structured puzzle, which sustains its mystery until the punch-packing resolution of the final frames."--Lisa Nesselson, "Variety"

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Christopher Nolan is the writer/ director of Following, Memento, The Prestige (with Jonathan Nolan), and Inception, as well as Batman Begins (with David S. Goyer), The Dark Knight (with Jonathan Nolan) and The Dark Knight Rises (with Jonathan Nolan).

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb 2002
Format: Paperback
It has been so long since there has been a film that actually manages to trick you every time you watch it. "Memento" is a film that most certainly calls for multiple viewings...and every time you are just as much on the edge of your seat as the first time. "Memento" takes the viewers into the tormented mind of a man who can no longer form any new memories. As well as this burden, Leonard Shelby is trying to avenge the death of his wife. The beauty of this film is that you actually experience Leonard's frustration as the film runs basically from end to start. This is the type of film that should be made more often: one where the audience actually feels something during it. Most movies these days are equipped with big name stars and floppy scripts however "Memento" is as sharp as a kitchen knife. The script was written by the director and was based on a short story written by the director's brother. It is always a pleasure to view a film that has been written and directed by the same person - it proves that the director has a very strong grasp on the subject matter. As a script, it is just as good as the film. As you read this script you are able to see the creative forces that have fueled the mind of Christopher Nolan - the director. Any film script or film that requires a second look is definitely value for money and value for your senses. Unfortunately there are many second rate scripts out there but "Memento" is not one of them. Read it and see for your self. You will not forget this book...even you are Leonard Shelby.
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By Mr. Wc Shacklock on 3 Nov 2014
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A good book with some useful behind-the-scenes type information.

Good font and paper quality.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I Loved Every Word. The Best Screenplay I Have Ever Read! 31 Jan 2002
By Michael Crane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been saying this for a few months: "Memento" is my favorite movie. As soon as I found out that you could buy the screenplay for the movie, I knew that I had to have it. Normally, I wouldn't care to see the screenplay for many movies, but this was a very big exception. I loved the movie so much that I wanted to see how it looked on paper.
A little warning: The script is NOT word for word to the movie. Some parts are different in many ways. The order of events are a little different and a lot of good lines that were in the movie were not included in the screenplay. Is this a bad thing? OF COURSE NOT! In fact, it was a great surprise. This was what the movie was going to eventually lead up to looking like. It was a rough layout of what could happen in what order. Of course, things change when you're filming the movie. Certain scenes are changed or cut out, lines are either trimmed or dramatically changed, and so on. The story in no way is changed and the resolution is still very much the same as the movie. The point is that it's fascinating to see how the script developed into the finished product, which is a masterpiece of a film that should go down as one of the greatest films in history. I loved reading the screenplay, and it makes me admire how the film turned out in the end even more.
Another movie that is included in this wonderful book, a movie you might have never even heard of, is "Following." This script was a little more similar to the movie in most parts than "Memento" was. I also enjoyed reading that part of the book. I have seen the movie before hand, so I kind of knew what I was in for. Again, this screenplay is filled with sharp and witty dialogue and life-shattering consequences that won't appear visible until the shocking conclusion.
Another cool feature of this book is that it includes an interview with Christopher Nolan and one of the stars from "Following." It also includes some photos from both movies and how the idea for "Memento" came about.
Christopher Nolan has a talent when it comes to forcing characters to face severe consequences and ugly truths, as well as coming up with great dialogue that can only be created by a pro. He can also manipulate time and make it confusing for us as well as for his characters. If you have seen the movie or movies, get this book as soon as you can. I recommend that you see them first, then read the book. All in all, this was a terrific read and I look forward into reading it again and again.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
What a gimmick! 17 April 2002
By Blake Petit - Published on Amazon.com
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In a conversation with a friend of mine a while back, he told me he didn't understand why people liked "Memento" so much, he said all the film had was a "gimmick."
To which I replied, "it may be a gimmick, but YOU try writing a script with a gimmick like that."
The "gimmick" is the non-linear progression of the story that Christopher Nolan uses in both of the scripts in this book, "Memento" and "Following." It's an experimental style of storytelling, to be certain, but it's a successful experiment. Both scripts, "Memento" in particular, show events not in the order they happen, but in the order of importance, and it's a brilliant way to tell the story. Nolan's a magnificent screenwriter -- can't wait for his next one.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
"Memento" Memento 21 Jun 2001
By "otisloubohr" - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't read the "Following" half of this two-screenplays-in-one book yet--that'll have to wait until I manage to find the movie itself--but it's well worth the price just for the "Memento" half, assuming you're a fan of said movie. The slight differences between this screenplay and the finished movie provide one with both a clearer understanding of Nolan's intentions, and an appreciation of what fortuitous circumstances had to come together to result in such a perfect end-product: this brilliant screenplay (which I can sit and read and imagine being performed by utterly unsuitable actors, dream who'd have been the most ill-chosen director), ideal actors and director, fantastically fitting sets and cinematography, music, and so on.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Two excellent screenplays 8 Feb 2004
By J. Ott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought MEMENTO was good, not great, and pretty much forgot about it right after seeing it. Someone bought me this book a while back and I just got around to reading it.

I have to say, I have a new found respect for Christopher Nolan and will take another look at MEMENTO. These are two excellent screenplays that go well beyond experimentation in narrative structure to tell two solid (almost old-school film noir) stories.

I'll start with FOLLOWING, which I've never seen. It's a twisty little number about a would-be writer who likes to follow people. The writer makes the mistake of following a cat burglar one day and gets sucked into his world. The timeline is fractured, but it's a compelling read all the way through, and a great example of no-fat, pure-story screenwriting.

MEMENTO, for anyone who doesn't know, is a story told backwards to mimic the disability of the central protagonist, who is incapable of making new memories. It's a mystery told in reverse, not unlike the structure of OEDIPUS REX (think about it) albeit without patricide or incest. Ultimately what I got out of it by reading it not seeing it is the fun of trying to figure out the story, of using clues to work backwards to causes. Without the extraneous visual information of a film, the naked story on the page seemed to accumulate greater dramatic force. Since it was a while since I saw the movie, I found myself wondering what was going to happen next (i.e. before) -- it was the gripping mystery experience many people had who first acclaimed the film.

Even though the stories aren't told in a linear fashion, for aspiring writers this book is worth looking at for more than structure. This is quality writing. The stories are lean and full of metaphysical implications (in the least pretentious sense). Good stories, well told.

The book also includes an interesting interview about the making of FOLLOWING and a less interesting "piece" about MEMENTO's conception, which is just two juxtaposed paragraphs of Chris and his brother Jonah's conflicting memories (get it?). They are icing on the cake of what has to be one of my favorite recent Faber screenplay releases. 5/5 stars
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A must for any movielover 28 May 2001
By Starks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After only two movies Christopher Nolan has become one of the most original directors of our time.
With his first feature film "The Following", Nolan tells the story of a struggling writer. The writer decides to follow ordinary people in order to get an inspiration to write. The black&white film runs for 70 minutes and it's very effective.
His second feature Memento is about an insurance investigator whose memory has been damaged by a head injury he sustained after intervening on his wife's murder. After this incident he can remember the events prior to the incident but can not make new memories. And his new memory resets every 10-15 minutess.
With this amazing title, you can have the chance to read the two scripts in one book. If you liked those movies or plan to view them then this book is a must for you.
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