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It’s black and white the world of Lewis Strauss, the founding commissioner of the US Atomic Energy Commission played by Robert Downey Jr., as he enters the elegant dining room of a hotel that holds a frightening truth. The Russians have a bomb. “We should be years ahead of them,” Strauss says. Immediately the scene changes and shows a city under construction a Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the atomic bomb tests will explode. The high-ranking officer Leslie Grovesplayed by Matt Damon, puts pressure on the US physicist J.Robert Oppenheimerplayed by Cillian Murphy, to build with the team employed in the Manhattan Project the most destructive bomb in the history of mankind. “Is there a chance when we push the button to destroy the world?Groves asks. The unedited video of Oppenheimerscreened last Wednesday on the occasion of the rally CinemaCon in Las Vegas, it earned a standing ovation from the audience. “I’m here with a story within the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer” explained director Christopher Nolan, present in the room. “I know of no more dramatic tale with higher stakes, twists and turns ethical dilemmas. The best minds in the country were in a desperate race against the Nazis to harness the power of the atom in World War II. Imagine those same minds realizing the possibility that they could have set the whole world on fire, yet they went ahead and pushed the button. I wanted to be there and see what it could be like.”
THE CRISIS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
The film chronicles the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, “the father of the atomic bomb” later became a critic of weapons of mass destruction. Director Nolan led the audience “into the mind and experience of a person who has sat in the absolute center of every major movement in the history of his time,” because “whether you like it or not, J. Robert Oppenheimer he is the most important person who ever lived. He created the world we live in, for better or for worse. His story has to be lived to be believed.” For Nolan, “this is a cinematic tale; this is the experience of an extraordinary individual. History asks the most troubling questions, it is both dream and nightmare. There are no easy answers but the most fascinating paradoxes”. The inner conflict described by the director emerges in the protagonist’s words spoken by Cillian Murphy: “I don’t know if this weapon can be trusted, but I know for sure that we can’t trust the Nazis”.
CURIOSITIES ABOUT THE FILM
The film, shot with Imax technology partly in black and white and partly in colour and expected in Italian cinemas on August 23, 2023includes in cast not only Cillian Murphy, veteran of other Nolan works such as Batman Begins, Inception And Dunkirkand Matt Damon and Robert Downey Jr., as well as Emily Blunt as the biologist Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimerphysicist’s wife, Florence Pugh as the psychiatrist Jean Tatlock, Benny Safdie in the role of the physicist Edward TellerRami Malek as a scientist, Josh Hartnett as the nuclear scientist Ernest Lawrence and Kenneth Branagh.