This Video Essay Explores Christopher Nolan's The Prestige As A Metacinematic Work

Christopher Nolan’s film The Prestige is one of my absolute favorites, and it’s one that I can reliably go to over and over and still be thrilled at the twists and turns. In this video essay, Nerdwriter takes a look at the film’s structure and how it plays into the plot.

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In particular, he takes a look at the film’s structure, and how Nolan has twisted it around to serve the interests of the narrative, each feeding into one another.

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The movie here is that it’s all a trick, which is really what film editing is: tricks for the audience.

Give it a watch here:

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Lest we forget another reason this film is wonderful: Christopher Nolan begged this man to play Nikola Tesla...

...and he was fantastic in it.

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