Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 207: Sat Dec 11

The Prestige (Nolan, 1996): Rio Cinema, 11.30am

Rio Cinema introduction to this special screening with IGN UK Podcast:

Join RKG and their friends from IGN for a screening of Christopher Nolan’s secret best film, The Prestige – a story of warring magicians, weird science, and really good fake beards.

The movie will be followed by a live panel where we’ll discuss the film in minute and almost worrying detail (although we can’t promise we won’t just argue about who knows knots best).

After the screening and podcast, we'll decamp to a nearby pub for the afternoon.

Chicago Reader review:
The premise of this Victorian drama—a London theatrical magician (Hugh Jackman) tries to fend off a more cunning rival (Christian Bale)—weirdly parallels the predicament of director Christopher Nolan, whose movie opened in the long shadow of Neil Burger's The Illusionist. That movie also centers on a 19th-century magician, and the elegant contours of its story are even more impressive compared with Nolan's clutter of double and triple crosses. A substantial subplot here involves Jackman developing a secret project with pioneering electrical engineer Nikola Tesla (a delectably arch David Bowie); it doesn't really add anything, but Tesla's high-voltage coils throw off a lot more lightning than Scarlett Johansson as Jackman's sultry stage assistant. With Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, and Rebecca Hall.
JR Jones

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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