Movie Discussion – The Prestige

The Prestige (film)
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The Questions:

Level One (Observation)

Do you have a favorite character? (major or minor)

What were the characters goals, did they change?

What character do you have sympathy for? What character should we have sympathy for? Why?

Level Two (Abstraction)

According to the movie, what is the cost of obsession?

How did the different perspectives the two magicians Rupert and Alfred Borden have on magic affect their own lives?

Level Three (Personalization)

How did the cycle of revenge degenerate or why did they keep being destructive when they could have stopped at any time?

At what point do you think that Rupert and Alfred lost their morals, or chose to follow their hatred over their own life? Why?

What do you think of this dialog?  Could Tesla be considered an accomplice?

Nikola Tesla: Mr. Angier, have you considered the cost of such a machine?
Robert Angier: Price is not an object.
Nikola Tesla: Perhaps not, but have you considered the *cost*?
Robert Angier: I’m not sure I follow.
Nikola Tesla: Go home. Forget this thing. I can recognize an obsession, no good will come of it.
Robert Angier: Why, haven’t good come of your obsessions?
Nikola Tesla: Well at first. But I followed them too long. I’m their slave… and one day they’ll choose to destroy me.


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