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The 2006 film about rival magicians desperately trying to learn the secrets of each others tricks.

The ending, a different intepretation

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author wrote:"You want to be fooled"

You said:
(It) is different for everyone. The motive for the audience is - because it wants to be entertained.




I do not have the motive to be tricked. Perhaps some people were 'tricked' into believing that real magic could happen, as in Angier's machine from Tesla. Do you mean that we don't want to believe that Angier had killed a hundred clones?

I also, do not see any link to Lenny from Memento. Very different characters and circumstances.

The second question still stands open: Were we as the audience 'missing something' regarding the difficulty of filming The Prestige with only two of four actors?



Not very far from the mark, Mark, or am I missing something? The answer: little from column A, 'nd...
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I watched the movie a while back but got around to watching it again just recently and noticed something that just didn't sit well with me. This could just a be a run of the mill goof like in all films, but I doubt it.

In the scene where Angier shows his trick for the first time to Ackerman after he disappears, he appears behind Ackerman, to his surprise, and his right leg is the one that is shown to be injured. Yet, throughout the film the left leg is the crippled one. Now, at first glance, this may seem to be just a goof/mistake but when I thought about it, this seems like something that could not be overlooked. For one, I do not think Nolan would overlook something that is somewhat obvious and is a big part of Jackman's character. But more importantly, there is no way Jackman could mess this up. He has taken dozens and dozens of takes (there are numerous scenes with him after the accident) with the left leg being injured so it is not only a HUGE part of the character, but a HUGE part of Jackman who has become this character for the movie. I realized it my second viewing of the film, so how could someone who has embodied this character for the movie and has continually used the left leg as the crippled one all of a sudden make a mistake and use the right.

This leads me to believe that it is not a mistake and possibly have some sort of significance. I could be completely wrong and it could just be my want for more complexity and a deeper reveal but it just bugged me to the point where I registered for this forum (which has had extremely good discussion, btw) and pose the question for all of you, even though nothing has been posted for a while
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jbananas77 wrote:I watched the movie a while back but got around to watching it again just recently and noticed something that just didn't sit well with me. This could just a be a run of the mill goof like in all films, but I doubt it.

In the scene where Angier shows his trick for the first time to Ackerman after he disappears, he appears behind Ackerman, to his surprise, and his right leg is the one that is shown to be injured. Yet, throughout the film the left leg is the crippled one. Now, at first glance, this may seem to be just a goof/mistake but when I thought about it, this seems like something that could not be overlooked. For one, I do not think Nolan would overlook something that is somewhat obvious and is a big part of Jackman's character. But more importantly, there is no way Jackman could mess this up. He has taken dozens and dozens of takes (there are numerous scenes with him after the accident) with the left leg being injured so it is not only a HUGE part of the character, but a HUGE part of Jackman who has become this character for the movie. I realized it my second viewing of the film, so how could someone who has embodied this character for the movie and has continually used the left leg as the crippled one all of a sudden make a mistake and use the right.

This leads me to believe that it is not a mistake and possibly have some sort of significance. I could be completely wrong and it could just be my want for more complexity and a deeper reveal but it just bugged me to the point where I registered for this forum (which has had extremely good discussion, btw) and pose the question for all of you, even though nothing has been posted for a while

It only appears that way because he's walking without his cane in that scene. He's still favoring the left leg, and putting his full body weight on his right.
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yeah, you're right. I just watched it again and what I thought was his cane in his right hand was actually the railing, so that debunks that one.

Thanks.
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The more I study the final shot, the more it looks like one Angier is holding his breath.
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tykjen wrote:The more I study the final shot, the more it looks like one Angier is holding his breath.

That doesn't make any sense though. Why would he be sitting in a tank holding his breath?
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steveportee wrote:
tykjen wrote:The more I study the final shot, the more it looks like one Angier is holding his breath.

That doesn't make any sense though. Why would he be sitting in a tank holding his breath?


But look at that face. Does it not look like he is alive and holding his breath? In the start you can see when Angier drowns, his mouth just opens along with his eyes. I know it "does not make sense", but the Tesla machine also falls into that category just as well, right? All I am saying is the final clone might be still alive and ready to jump out of the watertank. Angier keeps on living. I think you would enjoy the novel of The Prestige..
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