From acclaimed film-maker Christopher Nolan ( Memento , Batman Begins ) and writer Jonathan Nolan (whose original story 'Memento Mori' was the basis of Memento ) comes a mysterious tale of two magicians whose intense rivalry erupts into a life-long battle lethally fuelled by obsession, deceit and jealousy.
In late nineteenth-century England, two stage illusionists are drawn into a match of wits, each desiring to annihilate the reputation of the other. Upper-class Robert Angier (played in the film by Hugh Jackman) enjoys worldwide fame, while cockney Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) is his most ardent rival. Their antagonism is also a mutual fascination, but the competition between them leads to evermore dangerous acts of conjuring. When Angier raises the stakes by consulting scientist Nikola Tesla (David Bowie), the potential for a deadly reckoning draws near.
Based on the acclaimed by novel by Christopher Priest, The Prestige reads like its own magic show, playing with the audience's expectations all the way to its astounding conclusion, led by the same dynamic intrigue and craftsmanship as Memento .
This volume contains an introduction by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan.
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