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Five of five stars.

Don't read about the details of the movie until you've seen it. You've got to see this movie. It features Tesla in a brilliant light, woven into a tale of intrigue between two rival magicians.

After watching this show, one is left to wonder if Tesla is still too far ahead of our time, a hundred years later.

He makes a classic statement in the film. Something to the effect that "You can only make one revolutionary discovery in a lifetime. If you then go beyond that, then you will be shunned."

I saw this movie for my birthday. Fantastic present. (I was born an hour's drive to the north from Colorado Springs, in Boulder, Colorado.) -- Sterling D. Allan; Nov. 30, 2006

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Overview

Release Date: October 27, 2006 (limited)
Opening Week Rating: #1 with $14 million [1]
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Rating: PG-13 (for violence and disturbing images)
Duration: 130 minutes.
Film Genre: Drama
Major Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Production Method: Live Action
Creative Type: Historical Fiction
Country of Origin: USA
Era: 1900-1910
Based on a novel of the same name by Christopher Priest
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Andy Serkis, Piper Perabo, David Bowie

Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "Batman Begins"), comes a mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

From the time that they first met as young magicians on the rise, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) were competitors. However, their friendly competition evolves into a bitter rivalry making them fierce enemies-for-life and consequently jeopardizing the lives of everyone around them. Full of twists and turns, "The Prestige" is set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century London.

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From http://www.blackfilm.com/20060707/features/theprestige.shtml
(descriptions are supplied by PESWiki)

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Tesla's Colorado Springs laboratory is shown surrounded by a high-voltage electric fence.

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At night, Tesla plays with his pet projects. In this one, his assistant demonstrates bulbs being lit merely by being placed in the ground, some 15 miles away from the power source. He also lights the bulb by holding the magician's hand, while the magician holds the bulb.

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Tesla walks through a field of arcs at his Colorado Springs laboratory.

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Nikola Tesla is played by David Bowie, who doesn't register as himself on screen in this film.

Reviews

Tesla the Genius

On Nov. 30, 2006, New Energy Congress member, Sterling D. Allan wrote:

As a long-time fan of Nikola Tesla, I was glad to see him presented as such a genius, far ahead of his time.

Though a sub-plot to the main plot of intrigue between two rival magicians, Tesla's brilliance is a strong theme underpinning the film.

He makes a classic statement in the film. Something to the effect that "you can only make one revolutionary discovery in a lifetime. If you then go beyond that, then you will be shunned." Two episodes of his shunning in that generation were depicted in the film. Once when he was making a stage presentation, and the other when his lab was burned by thugs hired by Edison.

After watching this show, one is left to wonder if Tesla is still too far ahead of our time, a hundred years later.

I wonder how many people even entertain the possibility that Tesla very well may have invented the technology depicted in the film. Certainly the point was made that man is prone to abuse the technology he is given.

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