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Christopher Nolan explains reasoning behind 'Interstellar' sound

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Interstellar
Melinda Sue Gordon

Couldn’t make out some of the dialogue in Interstellar? Good news: Your hearing is fine.

Director Christopher Nolan talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the use of sound in Interstellar and why some lines weren’t the easiest to hear. “There are particular moments in this film where I decided to use dialogue as a sound effect, so sometimes it’s mixed slightly underneath the other sound effects or in the other sound effects to emphasize how loud the surrounding noise is,” he said.

One of the film’s most crucial moments occurs when Michael Caine’s character reveals some important information to Jessica Chastain’s  — but what Caine is saying isn’t crystal clear. “We are following the emotional state of Jessica’s character as she starts to understand what he’s been saying. Information is communicated in various different ways over the next few scenes,” he said. “That’s the way I like to work; I don’t like to hang everything on one particular line.”

With that said, be prepared to listen intently if you want to hear every bit of dialogue in Interstellar, in theaters now.

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