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The Director's Notebook: The Cinematic Sleight of Hand of Christopher Nolan (2007)

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11 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is 19 minute long, and is the sole documentary on the DVD of The Prestige. It consists of film clips, interviews with cast and crew, and behind the scenes footage.

The Director's Notebook is 3 and a half minutes long. It's about the meta aspect of how the movie talks about magic performances in ways that it's also about the picture's effect on people. That it used science to trick people. Spiritualism versus religion.

Conjuring The Past is 5 minutes long. They go into the visual design. Casting actors not common to period pieces to make it more contemporary. Costumes.

The Visual Maze is 3 and a half minutes long. Discussed is the way the filming is loose, with long takes, only the crew knowing who the camera is on, and how challenging that is.

Metaphors of Deception is 3 and a half minutes long. In this as well as the novel it's based on, they used certain elements to engage and fool the audience.

Tesla: The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century is 2 and a half minutes long. The man had to be a minor, though important, character, or he would be too big to cover in a single feature. In ways an underdog, many of his ideas were rejected, when today, he has been proved right. David Bowie(RIP) being the first and only choice for Nolan.

Resonances is 1 minute long. The director himself talks about what he hopes to achieve with the finished product. About the latter half of it is scrolling text that tells us important dates.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the subject. 7/10


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