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Sunday, October 29, 2006

GREENLIGHT #85: The Prestige (with "The Man Who Would Be King" and "Deathtrap")

Ann and Les were enthralled with the mystery of the The Prestige (2006.) This is a movie that almost makes us delve into the 11th percentile of our brains. They loved the performances of Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale who play rival magicians playing mean tricks on one another with a little help from a master magician played by a screen master Michael Caine. It's all fun and games until someone shoots their eye out - I mean, until one of them becomes mysteriously deadly. It's a truly enjoyable challenge watching them as well as Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie create and combat all the intrigue. (Also, watch for Mr. Caine's real-life wife, Shakira Caine .) For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a film featuring a young Mr. Caine in The Man Who Would Be King (1975.) It's a John Huston soldier-buddy film that has Mr. Caine and Sean Connery in India when Mr. Connery is mistaken for a god. Things don't go so well for, at least, Mr. Caine and he ends up a beggar telling the story to Rudyard Kipling played by Christopher Plummer. Ann recommends yet another film featuring Mr. Caine in the midst of entertaining intrigue as a writer who plots against his would-be protege played by Christopher Reeve . The two of them do quite a dance together and it's particularly enjoyable to watch the goings-on through the eyes of Caine's wife played by Dyan Cannon . It's a Sydney Lumet film called Deathtrap (1982.)

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