The Look on Their Faces: Transcending Lack in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige

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his article offers a psychoanalytical reading of Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006) by principally focussing on the discourse of lack. I argue that the visual, structural and thematic composition of the film provides a means to confront the fundamental sense of lack – a central tenant of Lacanian psychoanalysis – at the heart of being. In particular, I contend that Nolan foregrounds lack by using reflexive techniques that call attention to the film’s production processes which in turn, highlight the spectator’s desire for a sense of (unattainable) unity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-33
JournalJanus Head
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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