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Alternate 'Inception' Poster Revealed, Christopher Nolan Talks Theories About The Film's Ending

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 24, 2010 at 9:52AM

An alternate poster for "Inception" has been revealed and well, it's pretty clear to see why it was an alternate. The stars remain figures in the distance as the cityscape curls up around them and really, it's not as striking as the official one sheets and character posters that got the thumbs up. But an interesting look at the creative process regardless.
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An alternate poster for "Inception" has been revealed and well, it's pretty clear to see why it was an alternate. The stars remain figures in the distance as the cityscape curls up around them and really, it's not as striking as the official one sheets and character posters that got the thumbs up. But an interesting look at the creative process regardless.

In other related news, in the pages of Wired (via Collider), Christopher Nolan sat down and addressed pretty much every theory about the ending of "Inception." It was definitely one of the biggest (and eventually most irritating) conversation starters of the summer. Obviously if you haven't seen the film (and by this point, there really should be no excuse why you missed it), you should stop reading right here. But if you want to know whether it's real or a dream or if it's something else entirely read on but be forewarned, the director doesn't really give any definite answers on anything.

Here's what Nolan will say with certainty about the ending, “The kids are not wearing the same clothes at the end! And they do age! We were working with two sets of kids.” This falls in line with what costume designer Jeffrey Kurland said earlier in the year, but don't take it as anything definitive.

Why? Simply because it seems that focusing on whether or not that spinning top falls over is missing the point entirely. “The important thing is that Cobb’s not looking at the top. He doesn’t care,” Nolan says.

Oh, so then it was a metaphor for moviemaking and the creative process right? Nope, guess again. “I didn’t intend to make a film about film-making, but I gravitated toward the creative process that I know," Nolan said adding, "I wouldn’t say that I tried to use the grammar of the film to tell the audience what is dream and what is reality.” OK, so then it's all a dream and Cobb ends up in limbo, right? “Uh…that’s not how I would have read the movie.”

Dammit! So maybe the whole picture is supposed to be open ended. Afraid not as Nolan says, “Oh no, I’ve got an answer…” It just turns out, he's not going to tell you what it is. Well, maybe you can figure it out and see if there are any more clues to be had when the film hits DVD and BluRay on December 7th.

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