Karthick Naren On The 5 Films That Taught Him Direction

From Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho to Christopher Nolan's thriller, The Prestige (2006) - here are the director's cinematic influences


Short-film director Karthick Naren made his transition to the big screen when he helmed Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru in 2016, at the age of 21. His next is the fantasy-thriller Naragasooran, slated for release this year. In an interview, he said he watched many films to glean information about directorial techniques. The self-proclaimed Christopher Nolan fan listed five films he learnt a lot from, saying the “distinctive features” of each made for a “unique learning” at every point.

The Prestige (2006)

This is my all-time favourite film. From the starting frame to the final shot, it’s all about storytelling. The irony is that the film is about magic and magicians, but the magic trick is played on the audience. I learnt how to use the three acts to hold the audience’s attention. The first shot and the last shot of the movie are like identical twins.

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