Media/Movies|Int|2. The Prestige

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The Prestige is a dark, somber exploration of human emotions, ambitions and failings.

The film chronicles the intense rivalry between two ambitious young magicians struggling to make it big in turn-of-the-century London. Alfred Borden (Bale) and Robert Angier (Jackman) actually begin as colleagues, both working as magician’s assistants on an act engineered by Cutter (Caine). A tragic accident during one of the performances transforms a mutual professional jealousy into a bitter and lifelong feud that will cost each man dearly.

The lengths each will go to in order to achieve their ideal, and simultaneously outshine the other, provides the key to the mystery that ties the whole story together. This film has not one, but two twists to its ending. You might guess the one halfway through, but the second is very cleverly concealed by its creator’s deft direction.


1. Why are people so fascinated with illusion if there is obviously a rational explanation to the trick?

2. What do people hope to gain by watching a magic show?

3. Is there any kind of «illusion» (inauthenticity, an alternate reality, etc.) modern technology brings to our lives?

4. Would you be able to trust a person whose life is full of secrets?

Read the quote by The Prestige’s author and match the parts of every great magic trick


Для того чтобы как можно быстрее выучить английский язык, мы читаем книги на английском, слушаем английские песни, учим стихи, скороговорки, тексты и смотрим фильмы. Фильм – это прекрасный способ восприятия и изучения «живого» английского языка.

Рекомендуется смотреть фильм эпизодами – как правило, до окончания какой-нибудь сцены или ситуации – от 5 до 20 минут (в зависимости от уровня). Первый раз смотрите фильм на английском, чтобы уловить общий смысл. Если вы смотрите фильм в компании, можете попробовать обсудить, кто что понял после первого просмотра: какие услышали знакомые слова и фразы. Во время первого просмотра хорошо бы услышанные знакомые фразы сразу выписывать себе. Это поможет вам лучше ориентироваться в происходящем.

При просмотре фильма можете разбить его на более мелкие фрагменты, соответствующие нескольким предложениям (от 2 до 5), которые будете проигрывать минимум по 3 раза, пока не сможете все расслышать и понять (на первых этапах фрагмент рекомендуется прослушивать до 10 раз, постепенно сокращая количество прослушиваний до 3).

Важно: работая над фрагментами, записывайте на бумаге каждое услышанное слово. Не избирательно, не только то, что вам кажется самым важным — записывайте в точности то, что услышали.

Кроме того, некоторые слова могут оказаться вам незнакомыми. Каждое незнакомое слово нужно выписать, узнать его значение и выучить произношение.

И уже после всех этих процедур вы можете смотреть фильм целиком. Вы удивитесь: внезапно вы поймете, что можете разобрать каждое слово! Вы можете даже «смотреть» фильм, закрыв глаза: визуальный канал восприятия будет «отдыхать», в то время как слух обострится и вам легче будет сконцентрироваться на услышанном.

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Match the words and phrases with the definitions

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1. tank

2. worthless

3. amateur

4. orphan

5. dignity

6. coach

7. interfere

8. duplicate

9. bloke


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🔗Episode 1 [0:00:00-0:16:04]

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Fill in the gaps with the words from the list

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1. devotion

2. cripple

3. endeavour

4. sophisticated

5. lad

6. wadding

7. ramrod


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🔗Episode 2 [16:36-30:23]

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Learn more words using vocabulary cards

to whitewash
to whitewash

 

a repertoire
a repertoire

 

to conceal
to conceal

 

misdirection
misdirection

 

an aisle
an aisle

 

feat
feat

 

time-consuming
time-consuming

 

rivalry
rivalry

 

discretion
discretion

 


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🔗Episode 3 [30:44-44:31]

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Match the words with their definitions

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1. witness

2. crave

3. tormented

4. fickle

5. bide your time

6. effuse

7. obsession

8. liege

9. coy


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🔗Episode 4 [44:33-59:46]

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1. Why did Angier envy Borden?

2. When did Tesla agree to meet with Angier?

3. Where did Angier’s assistant live?

4. According to Mr Cutter, how is «The Transported Man» performed?

5. How long did it take to change Gerald Root into The Great Danton?

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Check your answers from the previous section

1. Why did Angier envy Borden?

Answer: Borden had a loving wife and a child, but Angier’s wife died.

2. When did Tesla agree to meet with Angier?

Answer: on February 8th, 1899

3. Where did Angier’s assistant live?

Answer: at their workplace

4. According to Mr Cutter, how is «The Transported Man» performed?

Answer: with the help of a double

5. How long did it take to change Gerald Root into The Great Danton?

Answer: a month

Match the words with their definitions

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1. merely

2. anticipation

3. topnotch

4. get away with

5. phase out

6. mob

7. rock the boat

8. chap


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🔗Episode 5 [59:51-1:17]

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a bore
a bore

 

an ordeal
an ordeal

 

fidelity
fidelity

 

an errand
an errand

 

a vice
a vice

 

thorough
thorough

 

misery
misery

 

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🔗Episode 6 [1:17:39 — 1:30:50]

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Answer the questions

1. Why do you think Tesla advised to destroy his machine?

2. What might be the consequences of its usage?

3. How is Angier going to use this machine? What for?

Match the words with their definitions

1. precaution

2. iron out

3. kink

4. provenance

5. pique

6. inhuman

7. matinee

8. irrevocably

9. brink


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🔗Episode 7 [01:30:50-1:43:10]

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Match the words with their definitions


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🔗Episode 8 [01:43:10-til the end]

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Match the people with the appropriate quotes

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Reflect on the following questions

1. Which character do you find more attractive, Borden or Angier? Why?

2. Would you be able to share your life with somebody else as Borden did?

3. How did your feelings change along the film? What scenes helped you to experience those feelings?

4. What is the «prestige» of The Prestige?

5. What does the film say about the purpose of magic?

6. What is the film’s overall message?

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  • Information
  • Episode 1
  • Episode 2
  • Episode 3
  • Episode 4
  • Check your answers
  • Episode 5
  • Episode 6
  • Episode 7
  • Episode 8
  • Summary

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