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.The Prestige is a 1995 novel by British writer Christopher Priest.^ His brother Jonathan Nolan has done a satisfying job bringing “The Prestige” to the screen through his screenplay based on the novel by Christopher Priest.
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The novel is epistolary in structure; that is, it purports to be a collection of real diaries that were kept by the protagonists and later collated. .The title derives from the novel's fictional practice of stage illusions having three parts: the setup, the performance, and the prestige (effect).^ As Cutter ( Michael Caine doing a superb performance), engineer for magicians—a sort of conductor of the art of magic illusion, explains to the audience throughout the film, there are three parts to the trick: .
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^ Prestige My Take - the Prestige According to legend, "… every magic trick consists of three parts… the pledge,… the turn,… and the prestige…."
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[1]
The novel received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for best fiction and the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.[2]

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Synopsis

.Alfred Borden and Rupert "Robbie" Angier rise to become world-renowned stage magicians.^ It presented us two formal magician friends, after a tragic act, Robert Angier ( Hugh Jackman ) is obsessed with Alfred Borden ( Christian Bale ) who was responsible for the accident.
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^ Cutter, friends to both men, convinces Angier that with fresh and more colossal illusions, he can become the most renowned of all magicians.
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^ Each of two master magicians-Rupert Angier and Alfred Borden - longs to conquer this final act of the illusion of all illusions.
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Early in their careers, they meet and a bitter feud develops as they ruin the other's acts. .The frame story involves the great-grandchildren of Borden and Angier and their investigations into how their own lives have been affected by their ancestors' conflict.^ The films mixes illusion, magic, deceptions, secrets, and vendettas into an extraordinary story, which absolutely lives up to its name.
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The events of the past are revealed primarily through each of the magicians' diaries.
.Borden develops an act called The Transported Man, and an improved version named The New Transported Man, which appears to move him from one closed cabinet to another in the blink of an eye and without appearing to pass through the intervening space.^ Angier will do anything to upstage Borden's “the transported man” trick.
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The act seems to defy physics and puts all previous acts to shame. Over the course of the diaries we learn Alfred Borden is actually identical twin brothers, Albert and Frederick. Both men are living the life of Alfred, committed to maintaining their secret to ensure their professional success with The New Transported Man. .Angier suspects that Borden uses a double but dismisses the idea when he cannot find evidence to prove it.^ Angier finds out that the finer, but less flamboyant Borden, is performing to a smaller less appreciative crowd across London town and decides to attend an act.
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.Unable to discern the method that Borden uses, Angier desperately tries to equal him, and with the help of the acclaimed physicist Nikola Tesla, develops an act named In A Flash, which has a similar result, though a starkly different method.^ Angier finds out that the finer, but less flamboyant Borden, is performing to a smaller less appreciative crowd across London town and decides to attend an act.
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.For Angier's trick, Tesla successfully creates a device capable of teleporting a being from one place to another, but which has a surprising side-effect.^ Eden Review: Hugh Jackman's Movie "The Prestige" For a film that has twists and tricks, nice effects and better-than-average actors, this one sure falls short of being even a slightly enjoyable experience.
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^ In “The Prestige” he operates in three different places in time, in which one seems to uncoil from another, never losing the audience.
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^ Nikola Tesla Chris Nolan Creates New Magic Trick in The Prestige Director Chris Nolan creates another excellent yet twisted film about two rival magicians.
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As well as re-creating the subject wherever is deigned by the device, the original, now lifeless body of the subject is also left behind in its original position forcing Angier to devise a way to drop it out of sight to preserve the illusion. Angier, with bitter humour, refers to these shells as 'prestiges'.
.Angier's new act is equal to Borden's and Borden, in retaliation, attempts to discover how In A Flash is performed.^ Angier finds out that the finer, but less flamboyant Borden, is performing to a smaller less appreciative crowd across London town and decides to attend an act.
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.During one performance he breaks into the backstage area, and turns off the power to Angier's device, though he does not discover what it does, during the act itself.^ In this way, it is very unique in that Prestige has no traditional protagonist, and this turns an otherwise cheery film into one of constant despair.
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^ The Turn” at this point we are caught off guard as the scarf enwraps the crystal globe and in one perfect swipe, the scarf is plucked quickly away and the globe has instantly vanished!
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As a result, the teleportation is incomplete, and both the new Angier and the old, 'prestige' Angier continue to live, though the old feels constantly weak while the new seems to have a lack of physical substance. .The real Angier fakes the death of his magic act alter-ego and returns to his family estate, where he becomes terminally ill.^ This word most connected with the act of magic, and perhaps connected by family to the word prestige mainly by being Latin in origin, is actually a declaration used in the game of Poker.
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^ [SPOILERS]: In magic, there are no deaths, and if it is, it's part of the act and will be revived back to life.
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^ It is a great movie with great acting, but I just would have enjoyed seeing a little more actual Magic tricks, which were rarely seen if at all really.
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.The clone Angier, alienated from the world by his ghostly form and realizing Borden's secret, attacks one of them before a performance.^ The real secret of magic lies in the performance.
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However, Borden's apparent poor health and Angier's sense of morality intervene and Angier does not carry through with the murder. It is implied that this Borden dies a few days later, and the incorporeal Angier travels to meet the corporeal Angier, now living as Lord Colderdale. They obtain Borden's diary and publish it after omitting the brothers' secret. .Shortly afterwards, the corporeal Angier dies and his ghostly twin uses the device to teleport himself into the body, hoping that either he would return it back to life and be one person again or kill himself instantly.^ Either one would have been more believable than this junk.
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It is discovered in the final chapter that some form of Angier has continued to survive to the present day.

Awards and nominations

2006 film adaptation

.A motion picture adaptation, directed by Christopher Nolan, was released on October 20, 2006 in the United States.^ Year of Release: 2006 USA Release: October 20, 2006 (wide—2,000 theaters) Relevant Issues Magic in the Bible .
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.It stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as Borden and Angier respectively, as well as Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie.^ Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Scarlett Johansson all do great jobs portraying all aspects of their unique and fascinating characters.
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^ Amazing actors Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play the two magicians, and there couldn't be two better choices for those roles.
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^ Christopher Nolen (“Batman Begins,” “Momento”) did an amazing job directing, and Christian Bale , Michael Cane and Hugh Jackman are at their best!
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.The novel was adapted by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan.^ His brother Jonathan Nolan has done a satisfying job bringing “The Prestige” to the screen through his screenplay based on the novel by Christopher Priest.
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Although the film is thematically faithful to the novel, many plot and structural changes were made, most notably the removal of a subplot involving Spiritualism and the replacement of the novel's modern-day frame story with Borden's wait for the gallows. .Also the effect of Tesla's device is changed: the body left behind does not die, so it has to be killed every night by plunging it into a water-tank below the stage.^ Www.rottentomatoes.com Changing China: The Socioeconomic Effects of the 2008 Beijing Olympics This is a scholarly investigation into the possible socioeconomic effects of the 2008 Summer Olympics on China.
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[4] .Additionally, the complex journal-within-a-journal structure of the novel was consciously translated to the screen as a non-linear, flashback narrative set as three acts to mirror the three acts of a magic trick.^ It is a great movie with great acting, but I just would have enjoyed seeing a little more actual Magic tricks, which were rarely seen if at all really.
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^ The movie started with this guy explaining the three parts of the magic trick, where a canary disappears, and then reappears.
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^ All of the plot a foolproof trick in three acts.
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[5][6][7]
Christopher Priest praised the film, viewing it at least three times. [8]

Publication

The novel (ISBN 0-575-07580-5) was published by Gollancz.

See also

References and notes

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Quotes

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.The Prestige is a 2006 film about an ongoing rivalry between two magicians.^ The morals in this film are not Biblical—the two magicians seem unharnessed by any moral truth.
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^ Positive - Walking into the theater to see “The Prestige,” I realized just how little I knew about the film.
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^ A lot of people have been comparing “The Prestige” with another fine film about magicians “ The Illusionist ,” but I believe that is not fair.
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.Directed by Christopher Nolan.^ The Prestige Dissecting the Christopher Nolan Movie Formula Christopher Nolan is officially an A-list director after directing The Dark Knight.
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Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan from the novel by Christopher Priest.

Contents

Robert Angier

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  • If anybody really believed the things I did on stage, they wouldn't clap, they'd scream.
  • You never understood...^ I was talking to a man over there who said to me did you know that they’re doing a musical of "The Man Who Would be King.” .
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    ^ "One thing about him is that he often has his hands in his pockets—but when they come out, you better worry!” .
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    ^ They did so much to mask the secret things in this movie that they became quickly obvious to me and I knew how things would end early on.
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    why we did this. The audience knows the truth. The world is simple, miserable, solid all the way through. But if you can fool them, even for a second... then you can make them wonder. .And you get to see something very special.^ If you want an average film about magic that is very forgettable, then see this movie.
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    ... .You really don't know.^ MC: You have to remember, I’ve just arrived in America and none of this stuff is going on in England so we don’t know.
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    ^ I’ve been here before, but Pasadena is one of those places where you go there, you still don’t know where you are.
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    ^ What you don’t know that is happening is that there’s another magician called Christopher Nolan who is doing that with you, and the whole movie… .
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    ... It was the look on their faces.

Alfred Borden

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  • Are you watching closely?
  • The secret impresses no one.^ Are You Watching Closely?” .
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    The trick you use it for is everything.
  • The sacrifice... that's the price of a good trick.

Nikola Tesla

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  • You're familiar with the phrase "Man's reach exceeds his grasp"? It's a lie.^ I was talking to a man over there who said to me did you know that they’re doing a musical of "The Man Who Would be King.” .
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    Man's grasp exceeds his nerve. The only limits on scientific progress are those imposed by society. The first time I changed the world, I was hailed as a visionary. The second time I was asked politely to retire. .The world only tolerates one change at a time.^ At one time they worked together, but now they both seek to be the greatest magician in the world—or at least a far better one than the other.
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    And so here I am. Enjoying my "retirement". Nothing is impossible, Mr. Angier, what you want is simply expensive.
  • Don't forget your hat.

Cutter

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  • [First and last lines] Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts.^ [SPOILERS]: In magic, there are no deaths, and if it is, it's part of the act and will be revived back to life.
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    ^ Evil wins and THAT is the great magic trick that this movie wants to play on anyone who has the patience to sit down and watch closely for two hours.
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    ^ As Cutter ( Michael Caine doing a superb performance), engineer for magicians—a sort of conductor of the art of magic illusion, explains to the audience throughout the film, there are three parts to the trick: .
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    .The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man.^ MC: Well the pledge is that they show you something and they pledge to you that it… (picks up one of the journalist’s recorders) it’s a little digital recorder, right, that’s all it is, you know.
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    ^ What you don’t know that is happening is that there’s another magician called Christopher Nolan who is doing that with you, and the whole movie… .
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    He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. .The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary.^ In the world of magic, there is a known truth that all magicians gave an oath to never reveal the tricks behind the turn, and only after so many centuries of repetitions that they must upstage the old act if they are to make a living.
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    .Now you're looking for the secret...^ You’re not looking, probably because you’re looking at Scarlett Johansson in tights.
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    but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. .You don't really want to know.^ You don’t quite realize it, you go along… I remember I was sent a script and I read the part of the young lover and everything, and I sent it back to the producer and I said this is far too small, I don’t want to be bothered with this.
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    ^ Q: So… you can pick and choose what you want to do because you have, you know, money.
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    ^ MC: You have to remember, I’ve just arrived in America and none of this stuff is going on in England so we don’t know.
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    You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. .Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back.^ And then the turn is they do something to it and you don’t notice it because you’ve been misdirected.
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    That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige".

Dialogue

Judge: What a way to kill someone.
Cutter: They're magicians, your honor. Men who live by dressing up plain and simple truths to shock, to amaze.
Judge: Even without an audience?
.Cutter: There was an audience.^ I also found that there is no real protagonist (or good guy) for the audience to cheer for (other than possibly Cutter, who is not really a main character).
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.You see, this water tank was of particular significance to these two men.^ And you see these magicians – better put that down…(places recorder back on table) .
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^ There is a moment when the two men see an aged, crippled Chinese magician, and Borden claims that he is not crippled, it is just part of the act.
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^ MC: Um, where was I? Um… if you think in terms of the movie you see these guys doing the pledge, the turn, the prestige.
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Particularly dreadful significance.

.Robert Angier: I thought you said I'd have to get my hands dirty.^ I suddenly went ‘read the father’, oh… And, you know, my wife said to me, well, you’re 50, you’ve got two daughters, what do you think you are.
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.Cutter: Maybe someday you will; I just needed to know that you could.^ MC: You have to remember, I’ve just arrived in America and none of this stuff is going on in England so we don’t know.
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.Olivia Wenscombe: [referring to Angier] He wants me to come work for you and steal your secrets.^ Q: I hear they decided to do it in Pasadena because you wanted to come to Pasadena, is that true?
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Alfred Borden: What does he need my secrets for? His trick is top-notch. He vanishes, and then he reappears instantly on the other side of the stage—mute, overweight, and unless I'm mistaken, very drunk. It's astonishing; how does he do it?

Cast

External links

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The Prestige
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Produced by Christopher Nolan
Emma Thomas
Written by Novel:
Christopher Priest
Screenplay:
Jonathan Nolan
Christopher Nolan
Starring Hugh Jackman
Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Scarlett Johansson
David Bowie
Piper Perabo
Music by David Julyan
Cinematography Wally Pfister
Editing by Lee Smith
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures (NA)
Warner Bros. (worldwide)
Release date(s) October 20, 2006 (USA)
November 10, 2006 (UK)
Running time 130 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$40 million
Gross revenue US$109 million
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

The Prestige is a 2006 period film directed by Christopher Nolan. The story follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, enemy stage magicians in fin de siècle London. Obsessed with creating the best stage Magic, they take part in a competition with tragic results.

Cast and characters

  • Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, a classy magician with a talent for performance.
  • Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, a working-class magician who knows magic.
  • Michael Caine as John Cutter, the stage engineer who works for Angier.
  • Rebecca Hall as Sarah Borden, Borden's wife.
  • Scarlett Johansson as Olivia Wenscombe, Angier's assistant and Borden's lover.
  • David Bowie as Nikola Tesla, the inventor (Tesla was a real person) who creates a device for Angier.
  • Piper Perabo as Julia McCullough, Angier's wife.
  • Andy Serkis as Mr. Alley, Tesla's assistant.
  • Ricky Jay as "Milton the Magician", an older magician Borden and Angier work for at the beginning of the story.

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Preceded by
The Grudge 2
Box office number-one films of 2006 (USA)
October 22, 2006
Succeeded by
Saw III


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