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THE PRESTIGE

Introduction
THE PRESTIGE is directed by Christopher Nolan from a screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, based on the novel by Christopher Priest. The film is produced by Aaron Ryder, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan. The executive producers are Charles J.D. Schlissel, Chris J. Ball, William Tyrer, and Valerie Dean.

Creating a mysterious, yet vividly contemporary, portrait of the torch-lit heyday of London's magic scene is an accomplished behind-the-camera team that includes Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Wally Pfister ASC, production designer Nathan Crowley and editor Lee Smith, A.C.E., all of whom also collaborated with Nolan on "Batman Begins.” Joan Bergin, an Emmy® Award nominee for television's "David Copperfield,” designed the costumes.

According to Cutter, the magician's ingeneur (one who designs illusions behind the scenes) played by Michael Caine: "Every great magic trick consists of three acts. The first act is called The Pledge: the magician shows you something ordinary, but of course, it probably isn't. The second act is called The Turn.

The magician makes his ordinary something do something extraordinary. Now, if you're looking for the secret…you won't find it. That's why there's a third act, called The Prestige. This is the part with the twists and turns, where lives hang in the balance, and you see something shocking you've never seen before.”

Director Christopher Nolan uses these same principles of carefully constructed secrets and shocking moments of revelation to unfold the winding, surprise-filled story of dueling magicians Robert Angier and Alfred Borden in THE PRESTIGE—an intricate thriller in which mysteries abound, illusions permeate every action, and nothing is quite what it seems, except the primal human emotions that drive an epic feud between two ambitious men.

Nolan has already, with just a handful of films, established himself as one of filmmaking's most creative minds, and one with a striking ability to evoke the mysterious and disorienting, whether in independent classics or major action blockbusters. He first came to prominence after his promising debut, "Following,” with "Memento,” the ingenious, backwards-moving thriller about a desperate man trying to avenge his wife's murder while suffering from the loss of all short-term memory. Lauded as a cinematic masterpiece that played with notions of time, space and subjective reality, "Memento” continues to confound audiences and is now studied by film students. Nolan went on to cut his teeth on a bigger thriller, a remake of the Norwegian noir film "Insomnia,” in a fresh version starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank, which once again took the audience on a dizzying journey into crime and fear. He then made another leap, this time into superhero territory, tackling "Batman Begins,” which unveiled the untold origins of the Dark Knight's emergence as the savior of Gotham City. The film was hailed as one of the most original and engaging of all superhero movies and went on to worldwide acclaim, the rare summer box-office blockbuster that met with equal critical success.

Now, it seemed that Nolan was the perfect person to tackle material as intricate and unconventionally entertaining as THE PRESTIGE.

Says producer Emma Thomas: "Traditionally, I think filmmakers have avoided the subject of magic because there is this feeling that if you're not seeing it live that it's too easy to get the wool pulled over your eyes. But Chris started with the idea that movies are already a kind of magic trick—and instead of concentrating on the magic shows themselves, the story is all about what happens behind the scenes in the lives of two driven magicians who are devoted to and obsessed with creating the most baffling illusions.”

The film's genesis began just after Nolan directed "Memento.”<

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