The Nolan Brothers Scripts

For some reason, the film industry loves family teams who direct and/or write screenplays. The Coen Brothers have created innumerable successful for their brother directing team, while the Nolan Brothers have done the same in the screenwriting industry.
True, these brothers have a much smaller career that has not brought their name notoriety. However, every film that they have written for has turned out to be a major successful. Their work is intricate, detailed and concise: all the things that make up a fanciful story that pleases audience.
In the newest addition to the Dark Knight series, the Nolan Brothers had to deal with the painstaking requirement of editing hundreds of pages of script into a script fit for the screen. In addition, they had to incorporate and base the finalized script on the classic Charles Dickens story, A Tale of Two Cities. 
Upon release of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), the future of their career could skyrocket them into a household name. Only time will tell what their future has in hold for them.

Memento

Year:2000
Director:Christopher Nolan
Written by:Christopher Nolan (Screenplay), Jonathan Nolan (Author)

Script Synopsis:Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.
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Top Confusing Movie Scripts

Watching a movie is like taking a trip into the mind of another person. Fiction stories are concocted by people based on their life experiences and imagination. When the stories are put onto film, audience members are allowed insight into the imagination and personal thoughts of the writer.

Some writers find it easy to share their ideas with other people. Their messages come out strong and clear so that no other interpretation can be assumed. However, there are a few directors who have such complex mind processes that they have difficulty sharing it with others in a linear, easy to understand manner.

Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch and Ingmar Bergman are examples of writers/directors that have this personal challenge. They do not always think in a formulaic, Hollywood manner and this can lead to complex story lines, odd dialogue and questionable plot lines.

However, just because a movie is confusing does not make it bad. Most of the films listed below are considered masterpieces- far beyond their time and steaming with profound thought. However, the full message cannot be understood in one viewing. An audience member may have to research the film and watch it over and over again before it starts making sense.

In order to help with the process of understanding, we have linked to the scripts to some of these great, but confusing, films. Reading the script may help give insight that simply watching the film would not. We hope that with time, you may be able to discover deeper meaning from these films and many other confusing masterpieces.

  1. (1957) The Seventh Seal Script
  2. (1977) Eraserhead [Transcript]
  3. (1995) Dead Man [Transcript]
  4. (1998) Pi Script
  5. (1999) Fight Club Script
  6. (2000) Memento Script
  7. (2001) Donnie Darko Script
  8. (2001) Mulholland Drive Script
  9. (2001) The Matrix Script
  10. (2003) The Matrix Reloaded Script
  11. (2003) The Matrix Revolutions Script
  12. (2004) Primer Script