Man’s Desire Exceeds His Grasp –The Prestige as Utopia

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

Thanks for reading my piece on Inception (any comments?). Here's a link to an article I wrote about the Prestige for the "Journal of Religion and Film". Let me know what you think...

http://www.unomaha.edu/jrf/Vol14no1/PrestigeUtopia.html

All the best

Daniel Cojocaru

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Thanks for posting it :) Will take a look at it.

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coju13 wrote:Hi Everyone!

Thanks for reading my piece on Inception (any comments?). Here's a link to an article I wrote about the Prestige for the "Journal of Religion and Film". Let me know what you think...

http://www.unomaha.edu/jrf/Vol14no1/PrestigeUtopia.html

All the best

Daniel Cojocaru
I definitely found both articles enlightening! Keep writing this stuff, it's really cool.

And yeah, I always felt that Angier was the "bad guy" in The Prestige because of his selfishness.

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Thanks Anita! You're absolutely right about Angier's selfishness - and I think that's why he can't see the solution to the transported man...

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you have an outstanding and deep view on the Nolan feels, congratulations.

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Watched The Prestige with someone who hadn't seen it before the other day and realised that on first viewing Angier is the hero up to the point when he sends Olivia to Borden. Up till then he's by far the more attactive character, and Borden is the villain who seems to be responsible for killing Angier's wife.

This changes completely after he sends Olivia to Borden and we see that he has been overwhelmed by obsession.

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Both characters are pretty villainous, albeit in their own ways. I'd hate to say that one is "more of a bad guy" than the other. A lot separates them but it's their ultimate obsession with petty illusions that really destroys them.

And great article, by the way...

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All Nolan films go beyond the simple perception of good and evil, most of the times the characters follow their own perception of such extremes meaning the director - may believe whatever we construct within our minds is as valid as whatever is in the so called: real world or outside world.

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The Borden's sacrificed their "better" halfs to achieve their goals.
While Angier in the end sacrificed himself..over and over.

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