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Thursday, May 8, 2014

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The Prestige

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(2006) dir Christopher Nolan w/Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Ricky Jay [130 min; 35mm]
Two rival magicians (Jackman and Bale) in Victorian London vie for the attention of the public by one-upping each other on stage. The rivalry is exacerbated by one magician’s seemingly impossible trick and the obsession of the other to decipher it. An intricate and tense thriller, THE PRESTIGE features the skills of the great Ricky Jay both onscreen (he portrays the mentor of the two magicians) and off (he and Michael Weber trained Jackman and Bale for their roles).

“Bowie has made his artistic career on ambiguity – a silky androgyny, yes, but also a coldly alien quality that played with his very humanity.  THE PRESTIGE rejects both aspects of his onstage characters.” Read Chelsea Spear’s Brattle Film Notes essay, David Bowie IS Nikolai Tesla

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Trick Films of Georges Méliès
Cinema’s original special effects master, Georges Méliès, actually began his entertainment career as a stage magician and his experiments with stagecraft, automatons and illusion can clearly be seen in his film work. Presented here are new DCP restorations of three of his “trick films” courtesy of Lobster Films in Paris.

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