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Can ‘The Prestige’ Survive Its Hollywood Transformation?

by Sam Thompson for Guardian Unlimited Books/Blogs

“When I heard they were making a film of The Prestige, Christopher Priest’s novel about feuding 19th-century stage magicians, my first response was a fan’s excitement. The Prestige is a book I love, so I couldn’t wait to see it translated onto the screen: to admire the gloomy music-hall Victoriana of the setting; watch Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman embody the duelling conjurers Borden and Angier; find out, in short, what the director Christopher Nolan would make of Priest’s novel (his tricksy, sinister films suggested he was perfect for the job). My second response was a fan’s jealousy. The Prestige is a book I love. I wasn’t sure I liked the idea of all those movie people getting their hands on it.”

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Published in: on November 17, 2006 at 1:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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