The Prestige 2006

The Prestige is a 2006 period film directed by Christopher Nolan, with a screenplay adapted from Christopher Priest’s 1995 World Fantasy Award-winning novel of the same name.

The story follows Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, rival stage magicians in fin de siècle London. Obsessed with creating the best stage illusion, they engage in competitive one-upmanship with tragic results. The film features Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. It also stars Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, and Rebecca Hall. The film reunites Nolan with actors Bale and Caine from Batman Begins, and returning cinematographer Wally Pfister, production designer Nathan Crowley, film score composer David Julyan, and editor Lee Smith.Priest’s epistolary novel was adapted to the screen by Nolan and his brother, Jonathan Nolan, using Nolan’s distinctive nonlinear narrative structure. Themes of duality, obsession, sacrifice, and secrecy pervade the conflict. The film was released on October 20, 2006, receiving good reviews and strong box office results, and obtained Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Along with The Illusionist and Scoop, The Prestige was one of three films in 2006 to explore the world of stage magicians.

Plot: Beginning in the late 19th century,The Prestige charts the progress of two young magicians on the make, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale). At first partners, a tragic accident that leads to the death of Angier’s wife Julia (Piper Perabo) sets the pair on a life-long battle for supremacy and a fight to the death to find the ultimate magic trick. Borden seems to have it nailed with his amazing ‘Transported Man’ illusion, but Angier vows to go one step better, with the help of legendary visionary and inventor Nikolas Tesla (a great David Bowie), who may have nailed the secret of ‘real magic’. So has he? Ah ha that would be telling…

* Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier
* Christian Bale as Alfred Borden
* Michael Caine as John Cutter
* Rebecca Hall as Sarah Borden
* Scarlett Johansson as Olivia Wenscombe
* David Bowie as Nikola Tesla
* Piper Perabo as Julia McCullough

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