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Synopsis: Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story "Memento Mori". It stars Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller



A POLAROID PHOTOGRAPH, clasped between finger and thumb: a

crude, crime scene flash picture of a MAN'S BODY lying on a

decaying wooden floor, a BLOODY MESS where his head should


The image in the photo starts to FADE as we SUPER TITLES. The

hand holding the photo suddenly FANS it in a rapid FLAPPING

motion, then holds it still. The image fades more, and again

the picture is FANNED.

As TITLES END the image fades to nothing. The hand holding

the photo FLAPS it again, then places it at the front of a


The camera SUCKS the blank picture up, then the FLASH BURSTS.

The Polaroid camera is lowered, revealing the sweaty, heavy-

breathing face of LEONARD (mid-30's). There are droplets of

blood across his face. Leonard stares, satisfied, at

something on the ground in front of him. There is WET BLOOD

on his BLUE SHIRT and BEIGE SUIT. His hand opens and catches

a HANDGUN which leaps up into his grasp.

Still staring, he crouches down and pulls a BODY off the

floor by the wet hair of its BLOODY HEAD. He slowly inserts

the barrel of the gun into the bloody mess where the mouth

should be.

Leonard FLINCHES. A DEAFENING ROAR as wet red leaps off his

face and suit and head, with a SPASM, reassembles itself

into the face of TEDDY (40's, moustache) and we-



Close on Leonard's eyes. He rolls them to one side, then

turns his head.


So where are you?

Leonard lifts his head. He is lying on a queen-sized bed.

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Christopher Nolan

Christopher Edward Nolan (born 30 July 1970) is an English-American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is one of the highest-grossing directors in history, and among the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century. more…

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