ABSTRACT

Christopher Nolan’s film The Prestige traces the rivalry between two stage magicians (Borden and Angier) and, in telling their stories, also demonstrates the versatility of the figure of the doppelgänger. Specifically, the film calls attention to how the double can operate as a cultural vehicle to bring to the forefront the concerns of a given era. In the case of Borden, the film offers an update on the twin formula and raises questions about self and identity. The case of Angier and the existence of his duplicates showcases the degree to which humans are evolving with technology and highlights the many cultural anxieties that technological change brings about.

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