History Film / ThePrestige

12th May '18 2:43:24 AM NeoChaos
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** Alfred Borden is specifically sent by Michael Caine's character to observe another magician to uncover his secrets, and one of the ways he's Angier's AlwaysSomeoneBetter is because of his ability to observe and discern the method behind most of the tricks that occur, including Angier's original transportation trick.

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** Alfred Borden is specifically sent by Michael Caine's character Cutter to observe another magician to uncover his secrets, and one of the ways he's Angier's AlwaysSomeoneBetter is because of his ability to observe and discern the method behind most of the tricks that occur, including Angier's original transportation trick.
4th May '18 11:13:40 AM GuyIncog
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** In the film version, Borden purposely allows his journal to fall into Angier's hands. The journal [[RedHerring contains none of Borden's secrets]] and is intended to send Angier on a wild goose chase, however his discovery of one word within the journal - [[spoiler:Tesla]] - ultimately leads to the creation of the Real Transported Man and his final scheme to bring down Borden.
19th Apr '18 7:44:47 AM hackl
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*** Portrayed by an Australian!
16th Apr '18 12:18:41 PM TheBigBopper
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''The Prestige'' is a 2006 film, from Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/TouchstonePictures, directed by Creator/ChristopherNolan. It was based on an award-winning [[TheFilmOfTheBook book of the same name]] by Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Novelist}}.

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''The Prestige'' is a 2006 film, film from Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/TouchstonePictures, directed by Creator/ChristopherNolan. It was is based on an award-winning [[TheFilmOfTheBook book of the same name]] by Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Novelist}}.



Using an AnachronicOrder, the movie starts with the conclusion of the conflict - Angier drowned during a performance and Borden was incarcerated for murder. Told through the framing devices of the two men reading one another's journals, the movie goes back and forth the story and reveals the secrets behind both men and how lives were destroyed from their obsession.

Interestingly, the film cannot really be said to have a protagonist. Both sides are portrayed neutrally [[GreyAndGrayMorality without either getting a sympathetic point of view]]. This gives a different slant on a story instead of just the normal protagonist vs. antagonist story. Instead we get a story about two overly obsessed flawed men.

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Using an AnachronicOrder, the movie starts with the conclusion of the conflict - conflict: Angier drowned drowns during a performance and Borden was is incarcerated for murder. Told Then, through the framing devices device of the two men reading one another's journals, the movie goes back and forth throughout the story and reveals the secrets behind both men and how lives were destroyed from by their obsession.

Interestingly, the film ''The Prestige'' cannot really be said to have a protagonist. Both sides are portrayed neutrally [[GreyAndGrayMorality without either getting a sympathetic being favored by the film's point of view]]. This gives a different slant on a story instead of just the normal protagonist vs. antagonist story. Instead we get a story about the conflict between two overly obsessed obsessed, flawed men.
29th Mar '18 9:27:53 AM Wuz
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** Angier hypothesizes that Chung Ling Soo is actually a young man acting as an old man even, and is so dedicated to his act that he maintains it even when off stage and in public. [[spoiler: This is very strongly related to Borden's secret.]]

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** Angier hypothesizes that Chung Ling Soo is actually a young man acting as an old man even, man, and is so dedicated to maintaining his act that he maintains it acts like an old man even when off stage and in public. [[spoiler: This is very strongly related to Borden's secret.]]



* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Angier killed himself ''dozens'' of times so that when Borden inevitably made it backstage, he could be framed for murder on circumstantial evidence. Whether he's the man in the box or the man outside, Borden goes down.]] However, [[spoiler:Angier didn't know Borden had a twin who could avenge him, then take back his daughter. Incidentally, this turns his Xanatos Gambit into a BatmanGambit which was, adequately enough, pulled off by Batman himself, Creator/ChristianBale.]] Also qualifies as a [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit for the Angier clones that end up as the "man in the box."]]

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* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Angier killed himself ''dozens'' of times so that when Borden inevitably made it backstage, he could be framed for murder on circumstantial evidence. Whether he's the man in the box or the man outside, Borden goes down.]] However, [[spoiler:Angier didn't know Borden had a twin who could avenge him, then take back his daughter. Incidentally, this turns his Xanatos Gambit into a BatmanGambit which was, adequately enough, pulled off by Batman himself, Creator/ChristianBale.]] Also qualifies as a [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit for the Angier clones that end up as the "man in the box."]]"]]
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29th Mar '18 9:27:19 AM Wuz
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** Angier hypothesizes that Chung Ling Soo is actually a young man acting as an old man even, and is so dedicated to his act that he maintains it even when off stage and in public. [[spoiler: This is very strongly related to Borden's secret.]]
20th Mar '18 12:01:40 PM IndyRevolution
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** [[spoiler: Well, he presumably died the first time, since there's no indication the consciences flip during the procedure. Every single time, the original dies, it's just that Angier has ''no idea'' which one he'll end up as.]]
20th Mar '18 11:57:41 AM IndyRevolution
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**[[spoiler: Well, he presumably died the first time, since there's no indication the consciences flip during the procedure. Every single time, the original dies, it's just that Angier has ''no idea'' which one he'll end up as.]]
26th Jan '18 6:36:46 PM nombretomado
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Also, this film has UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla [[MadeOfWin played by]] Music/DavidBowie.

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Also, this film has UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla [[MadeOfWin [[JustForFun/MadeOfWin played by]] Music/DavidBowie.
21st Jan '18 3:11:07 AM RobTan
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* MysteriousPast: In an early scene it's revealed that Angier and Cutter don't know where Borden comes from or anything abut his past before he started working with them. Indeed, apart from [[spoiler:the twin revelation]], the film never reveals anything about his life before the movie.

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* MysteriousPast: In an early scene it's revealed that Angier and Cutter don't know where Borden comes from or anything abut his past before he started working with them. Indeed, apart from [[spoiler:the twin revelation]], the film never reveals anything nothing about his life before the movie.events of the movie is revealed.
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