The Prestige (2006) – A Film About Revelation of the Method

Tonight I’ll be on the Corbett Report and we will be discussing Christopher Nolan, The Prestige and its relation to statecraft. Reposting for reference.

Jay's Analysis

Film Poster. Image: Impawards. Film Poster. Image: Impawards.

By: Jay Dyer

The Pledge

For most viewers, The Prestige was a film about rival stage magicians in the Victorian Era, alternately seeking to top one another in the dank climate of emerging industrial revolution and technological wonder.  Lord Caldlow/Angiers (Hugh Jackman) is the secret nobleman who has a flair for the art of illusion, while Robert Borden and his twin (Christian Bale) are the working class stage hands who have devoted their lives to their art.  In the midst of this rivalry, the curious figure of Nikola Tesla enters (played by David Bowie) to interject the element of real magic, titled in the film, “wizardry.”  Both magicians are on a quest to sabotage the other, while seeking to perfect the greatest trick of all – the transported man.

Stage rivalry and obsession is what The Prestige is about, but it is also about much more…

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