At this point, it's probably safe to say that any person excited to Inception has either absorbed every single article on the internet about it, or shut off all routes to the outside world in order not to have the film spoiled for them. However, the truth is that Christopher Nolan's movie is surprisingly difficult to spoil, because revealing even most of the parts of its plot says little about how they are ultimately assembled.

That said, Cinematical joined a phalanx of press at the film's Los Angeles press day to discuss all of those unspoken details. Nolan, cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, and Ellen Page, and composer Hans Zimmer eagerly offered their own explanations and observations about Inception, and we've assembled nine of the most important insights they provided into the construction and conception of the film that we feel won't betray that feeling of discovery when you finally watch it. (In other words, we preserved all of the juiciest parts of the picture's set-up, but protected spoiler-wary readers from knowing anything about how they pay off.)