History Film / ThePrestige

10th Jul '16 5:33:41 PM rjung
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* MrFanservice: Outstanding performances aside, it doesn't hurt that the two leads are played by the not entirely unattractive Jackman and Bale, with Bowie on hand too.

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* MrFanservice: Outstanding performances aside, it doesn't hurt that TheEndingChangesEverything: Very much so. You ''will'' watch the two leads are played by movie a second time to see the not entirely unattractive Jackman and Bale, with Bowie on hand too.clues you overlooked the first time around.


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* MrFanservice: Outstanding performances aside, it doesn't hurt that the two leads are played by the not entirely unattractive Jackman and Bale, with Bowie on hand too.
10th Jul '16 5:30:32 PM rjung
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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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* 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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26th Jun '16 8:53:06 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: During Borden's Bullet Catch scene, one of the performers on the list is one Mr. [[TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]].

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* ShoutOut: During Borden's Bullet Catch scene, one of the performers on the list is one Mr. [[TheDresdenFiles [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]].
25th Jun '16 3:09:55 AM kuchiki222
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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Angier's wife. She had only 2 scenes at most, but her death begins the bitter rivalry between Borden and Angier.
24th Apr '16 4:40:55 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:Rosalyn and Marilyn '''Borden''' were twin actresses who had numerous HeyItsThatGuy roles between TheFifties and TheEighties, meanwhile, Alfred Borden is revealed to be two identical twins at the climax]]

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* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:Rosalyn and Marilyn '''Borden''' were twin actresses who had numerous HeyItsThatGuy roles between TheFifties and TheEighties, meanwhile, Alfred Borden is revealed to be two identical twins at the climax]]
26th Feb '16 10:45:09 PM aye_amber
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->"''Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled.''"
-->-- '''Cutter'''

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->"''Now you're looking for the secret... but But you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled.''"
-->-- '''Cutter'''
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30th Jan '16 7:26:25 PM f1shst1x
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* ARealManIsAKiller: Angier is told that he needs to be willing to "get his hands dirty" if he wants to be a truly great magician, which in context meant being willing to kill doves to maintain an illusion. Borden actually does just that in an earlier trick.
** [[spoiler: Also, when Borden is performing his bullet catch, he asks if his volunteer (Angier) is "man enough."]]

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* ARealManIsAKiller: ARealManIsAKiller:
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Angier is told that he needs to be willing to "get his hands dirty" if he wants to be a truly great magician, which in context meant being willing to kill doves to maintain an illusion. Borden actually does just that in an earlier trick.
** [[spoiler: Also, when When Borden is performing his bullet catch, he asks if his volunteer (Angier) is "man enough."]]enough" to point a gun at him an pull the trigger.



* AwesomenessByAnalysis: 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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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: AwesomenessByAnalysis:
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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.



* [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Nikola Tesla Was a Wizard]]: He invented a [[spoiler: duplication machine]].

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* [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Nikola Tesla Was a Wizard]]: Wizard. He invented a [[spoiler: duplication machine]].



** And if you think about it, [[spoiler:Alfred #2/Olivia for Alfred #1/Sarah]] as a straighter but still slightly off-kilter version of the trope.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Have fun trying to decide who's gray.

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** And if you think about it, [[spoiler:Alfred #2/Olivia for Alfred #1/Sarah]] as a straighter but still slightly off-kilter version of the trope.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Have fun trying to decide who's gray.gray as both main characters resort to increasingly questionable tactics through the course of their rivalry.



* BulletCatch: Definitely ''not'' played straight when Angier deliberately uses a real bullet to blow two of Borden's fingers off.

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* BulletCatch: BulletCatch:
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Definitely ''not'' played straight when Angier deliberately uses a real bullet to blow two of Borden's fingers off.



* CaliforniaDoubling for England in most of those scenes.

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* CaliforniaDoubling for CaliforniaDoubling:
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England in most of those scenes.the scenes set there.



* ChekhovsGun: "I mean, someone could [[spoiler:stick a button in there! Or, god forbid, a bullet!"]]

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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"I mean, someone could [[spoiler:stick a button in there! Or, god forbid, a bullet!"]]



* ClarkesThirdLaw / MagicFromTechnology: [[spoiler:Tesla's machine. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from ''stage'' magic.]]

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* ClarkesThirdLaw / MagicFromTechnology: ClarkesThirdLaw: [[spoiler:Tesla's machine. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from ''stage'' magic.]]



* DarkerAndEdgier: Both Angier and Borden were considerably more sympathetic in the book.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: DarkerAndEdgier:
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Both Angier and Borden were considerably more sympathetic in the book.



* [[spoiler:DeathByAdaptation: Angier.]]
* [[spoiler: DeathIsCheap: Especially when you have a cloning machine in your basement.]]

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* [[spoiler:DeathByAdaptation: Angier.DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Angier.]]
* [[spoiler: DeathIsCheap: Especially [[spoiler:Especially when you have a cloning machine in your basement.]]



* DoingItForTheArt: InUniverse, Angier is after the Transported Man trick simply because it'll make a great show, while Borden wants to try and push the limits of the art of magic. Arguably, the whole movie could be seen as a debate on the nature of art in general.

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* DoingItForTheArt: DoingItForTheArt:
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InUniverse, Angier is after the Transported Man trick simply because it'll make a great show, while Borden wants to try and push the limits of the art of magic. Arguably, the whole movie could be seen as a debate on the nature of art in general.



* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Thomas Edison is hinted to be a ruthless, violent man who crushes his foes by sending FacelessGoons to burn down their labs and run them out of town. Even way up in the mountains, Tesla couldn't escape his wrath.
** Edison did order a disinformation campaign against AC which involved killing animals and lobbying.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Thomas Edison is hinted to be a ruthless, violent man who crushes his foes by sending FacelessGoons to burn down their labs and run them out of town. Even way up in the mountains, Tesla couldn't escape his wrath.
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wrath. In real life, Edison did order a disinformation campaign against AC which involved killing animals and lobbying.



* InsufferableGenius: Borden's a fantastic magician, he's just a terrible performer (though he is at least capable of improving when his mistakes are pointed out to him).
** In the novel it's the other way around, with Borden pointing out several times that Angier just didn't understand showmanship. Angier also trolled magician trade publications early in his career.

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* InsufferableGenius: Borden's a fantastic magician, he's just a terrible performer (though he is at least capable of improving when his mistakes are pointed out to him).
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him). In the novel it's the other way around, with Borden pointing out several times that Angier just didn't understand showmanship. Angier also trolled magician trade publications early in his career.



* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Apparently neither Tesla nor Angier stopped to consider that [[spoiler:a perfect matter replicator [[CutLexLuthorACheck could be put to many more benevolent and/or lucrative uses]] than a stage performance]].
** Perhaps, though [[spoiler:Tesla didn't get a chance to replicate gold because it was technically Angier's machine after financing its completion, and Angier only cared about the show]].
*** [[spoiler: the machine doesn't seem to replicate metal. The chain holding Alley's cat in the machine doesn't get duplicated. And Angier takes off his ring before the trick.]]
**** [[spoiler: Well then, that might have some negative effects on the perfomer's metabolism like, say, instant death.]]
** [[spoiler: Plus, Edison's hired thugs destroyed everything at Tesla's lab, and would've destroyed the prototype if it hadn't already been shipped. Even if Tesla hadn't decided the device was evil, he might not have been able to re-create it; the film even demonstrates how hard it was to create, with Angier's top hats being replicated way off in the forest instead of in the lab as planned which was only discovered after Alley's cat was copied.]]

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* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Apparently neither Tesla nor Angier stopped to consider that [[spoiler:a perfect matter replicator [[CutLexLuthorACheck could be put to many more benevolent and/or lucrative uses]] than a stage performance]].
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performance]]. Perhaps, though [[spoiler:Tesla didn't get a chance to replicate gold because it was technically Angier's machine after financing its completion, and Angier only cared about the show]].
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show. There are, however, indications that the machine doesn't seem to can't replicate metal. The metal (the chain holding Alley's cat in the machine doesn't get duplicated. And duplicated, and Angier takes off removes his ring before the trick.]]
**** [[spoiler: Well then, that might have some negative effects on the perfomer's metabolism like, say, instant death.]]
** [[spoiler: Plus, Edison's hired thugs destroyed everything at
trick]]. Also, Tesla's lab, and would've lab is destroyed the prototype if it hadn't already been shipped. Even if Tesla hadn't decided the device was evil, he might not shortly after, meaning much of his work would have been able to re-create it; the film even demonstrates how hard it was to create, with Angier's top hats being replicated way off in the forest instead of in the lab as planned which was only discovered after Alley's cat was copied.]]lost.



* OhCrap: There are several.
** During Angier's on-stage performance of his disappearing birdcage trick, when two volunteers come up to assist, when Angier realizes too late that one of them is actually a disguised Borden.

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* OhCrap: There are several.
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During Angier's on-stage performance of his disappearing birdcage trick, when two volunteers come up to assist, when Angier realizes too late that one of them is actually a disguised Borden.



* StealthPun: Tesla's assistant's name is '''Alley'''. He has a black '''cat''' for a pet. An alley cat.

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* StealthPun: StealthPun:
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Tesla's assistant's name is '''Alley'''. He has a black '''cat''' for a pet. An alley cat.



* TechnicianVersusPerformer: A key thematic element of the rivalry between Borden (the technician) and Angier (the performer). There's also a bit of this between Angier and his double (whose drunken antics have quite the theatric touch) [[spoiler: There are hints that the two Bordens differ on this as well--one is a technician, the other more or less along for the ride.]]
** The above is proved even more by the movie-long and incredibly spoilerific deceptions of Lord Caldlow and Fallon:
*** Fallon [[spoiler: is a near perfect disguise on a technical level, since both twin Bordens utilize heavy make-up and mirror injuries to cover up the fact they switch between both identities, but neither twin can ''quite'' copy the other, thus allowing the audience on [[RewatchBonus a second viewing to distinguish which twin is which]] and the trick consistently fails to fool Borden's wife completely.]]
*** The English Lord Caldlow, on the other hand, [[spoiler: pretty perfectly plays himself as the [[TheReveal American Robert Angier throughout the film]] with no clues given to the deception save for one line spoken to his wife, alongside his seemingly inexhaustible funds, thus performing at a higher and more intuitive level than Borden in his disguise.]]

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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: A key thematic element of the rivalry between Borden (the technician) and Angier (the performer). There's also a bit of this between Angier and his double (whose drunken antics have quite the theatric touch) [[spoiler: There are hints that the two Bordens differ on this as well--one is a technician, the other more or less along for the ride.]] The above is proved even more by the movie-long and incredibly spoilerific deceptions of Lord Caldlow and Fallon:
** Fallon [[spoiler: is a near perfect disguise on a technical level, since both twin Bordens utilize heavy make-up and mirror injuries to cover up the fact they switch between both identities, but neither twin can ''quite'' copy the other, thus allowing the audience on [[RewatchBonus a second viewing to distinguish which twin is which]] and the trick consistently fails to fool Borden's wife completely.
]]
** The above is proved even more by the movie-long and incredibly spoilerific deceptions of Lord Caldlow and Fallon:
*** Fallon [[spoiler: is a near perfect disguise on a technical level, since both twin Bordens utilize heavy make-up and mirror injuries to cover up the fact they switch between both identities, but neither twin can ''quite'' copy the other, thus allowing the audience on [[RewatchBonus a second viewing to distinguish which twin is which]] and the trick consistently fails to fool Borden's wife completely.]]
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The English Lord Caldlow, on the other hand, [[spoiler: pretty perfectly plays himself as the [[TheReveal American Robert Angier throughout the film]] with no clues given to the deception save for one line spoken to his wife, alongside his seemingly inexhaustible funds, thus performing at a higher and more intuitive level than Borden in his disguise.]]



* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler:Borden and Fallon.]]
* TrickTwist: The movie is practically riddled with them.

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* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler:Borden and Fallon.]]
* TrickTwist: The movie is practically riddled
Fallon are revealed to be identical twin brothers, with them.one of them constantly disguised.]]



* 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.]]
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]] Also qualifies as a [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit for the Angier clones that end up as the "man in the box."]]
19th Jan '16 5:30:53 PM Headrock
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* FaceHeelTurn: After the FaceHeelDoubleTurn described above, Borden destroys audience sympathy by [[spoiler:driving his brother's beloved wife to suicide to keep her from meddling in his own affair with Olivia.]]
19th Jan '16 5:00:52 PM Headrock
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The story follows an escalating rivalry between two late 19th century magicians, [[FunWithAcronyms Alfred Borden]] and [[ThemeInitials Robert Angier]]. They started their careers as "voluntaries" to another stage magician until Angier's wife died during a performance, possibly because Borden may have tied a stronger rope knot than necessary (with the wife's permission). The rivalry extends into the magician scene as the two compete to see who is the best at their craft while sabotaging each other's acts.

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The story follows an escalating rivalry between two late 19th century magicians, [[FunWithAcronyms Alfred Borden]] Borden and [[ThemeInitials Robert Angier]].Angier. They started their careers as "voluntaries" to another stage magician until Angier's wife died during a performance, possibly because Borden may have tied a stronger rope knot than necessary (with the wife's permission). The rivalry extends into the magician scene as the two compete to see who is the best at their craft while sabotaging each other's acts.
4th Jan '16 4:35:14 AM Folamh3
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* WasItReallyWorthIt: Both Angier and Bordern are confronted by this at the end of the movie,

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* WasItReallyWorthIt: Both Angier and Bordern Borden are confronted by this at the end of the movie,movie,
* WeddingRingRemoval: During the TheReveal that Borden's having an affair with Olivia, there's a scene where he kisses her while rolling his wedding ring across his knuckles with his free hand. [[spoiler: Then again, Borden is secretly a pair of identical twins and only one of them, Alfred, is in love with his wife, Sarah, unlike the other twin Frederick.]]
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