Why ‘The Prestige’ Is the Key to Understanding the Films of Christopher Nolan

Spoilers ahead for The Prestige.

The key film to understanding Christopher Nolan is 2006’s The Prestige.

This is the film where Nolan clearly lays out what he believes, how he views himself, and how he views his work.

It is the mission statement for Nolan, and yet it feels like it should be his masterpiece.

You can see Nolan pouring his heart and soul into this work in a way he hadn’t done since Memento, and yet The Prestige functions better as a statement of intent than a captivating piece of artistry.

If you want to understand Nolan, …

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