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In the movie "The Prestige", why did they make Tesla be the inventor of the machine?

Reiterating my answer to a similar question on Movies & TV: For a start, he provided an interesting historical anchor for the story. But even more than that, the real Nikola Tesla was quite an ...
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Who is the original in the movie The Prestige?

You're asking the wrong question. They're both the original Angier. The whole point of the machine is that it creates a perfectly exact copy of the object that it clones. You could argue from a ...
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In the movie "The Prestige", why did they make Tesla be the inventor of the machine?

Someone somewhere said that Tesla was one of those catch–alls for historical fiction: Many of his inventions suggest that he was able to do things which even now nobody has been able to replicate. ...
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Why did nobody notice Fallon's had a deformed hand like Borden?

At the end of the movie, once Angier figures out that Borden/Fallon were twins, they show flashbacks where the twins take the time to cut off two fingers from the "healthy" brother. It is even ...
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Why would Robert Angier use the machine every time?

Note what happened the first time that Angier used the machine: My conclusion based only on this action would be that Angier is afraid of the consequences of what his machine does. He also states as ...
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Why would Robert Angier use the machine every time?

Reiterating my answer to the same question on the Movies & TV Stack Exchange: It just doesn't fit to Angier's nature. One of the major differences between Borden and Angier is, that Angier couldn'...
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Within the novel "The Prestige", was/were the "prestige materials" always inert?

I did not have an opportunity to reread the book as planned, but I have found indications that indeed, the "prestige materials" were inert. From this review of the differences between the ...
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Why would Robert Angier use the machine every time?

Please note that he was able to perform the "teleportation tick" before He is absolutely egotistical, only himself is allowed in the spotlight, so it would be impossible for
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Who is the original in the movie The Prestige?

The first Angier who appears outside the cage does say "No, wait, I'm the…!" just before he's shot. If you take him to be trying to say "I'm the original!", then either he's the original and ...
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Who is the original in the movie The Prestige?

If we are going by the books the answer is simple. In the books Angier dies and a dead body is left under the machine. The clone is not the original and Angier died the first time he used it. In the ...
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