The Illusionist

The Illusionist

Director: Sylvain Chomet Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Duncan MacNeil


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The Illusionist

A down-on-his-luck illusionist befriends a pretty admirer, and finds that his constant quest to impress her may be his ultimate downfall in this animated fable based on an original screenplay by Jacques Tati and directed by Sylvain Chomet. Now that the theaters and large performance venues have been taken over by rock bands and pop singers, the illusionist has been forced to ply his trade at small gatherings in bars, cafés, and basements in order earn a living. One day, while performing in a small Scottish pub located on a remote island that has only recently been wired for electricity, the illusionist encounters a young girl named Alice, who is captivated by his otherworldly abilities. Alice believes that the downtrodden performer possesses genuine supernatural powers, and agrees to accompany him on a trip to Edinburgh, where he's scheduled to perform at a modest, out-of-the-way theater. Her affection and enthusiasm inspire the illusionist, who in turn uses his talent to lavish her with a series of extravagant gifts. Unable to muster the courage to tell his starry-eyed admirer the truth about his trade, the illusionist continues giving until he's got nothing more to offer. This picture marked Chomet's first following the 2003 arthouse smash The Triplets of Belleville.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
UPC: 0043396378841
Original Release: 2010
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: A
Time: 1:20:00

Special Features

The making of the Illusionist; The animation process: A rare look at the line tests and progression sequences

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Claude Donda Tatischeff,French Cinema Manager
Eilidh Rankin Alice
Duncan MacNeil Additional Voices
James T. Muir Additional Voices
Tom Urie Additional Voices
Paul Bandey Additional Voices
Terry Davies Conductor

Technical Credits
Sylvain Chomet Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Richard Bazley Animator
Philippe Carcassonne Executive Producer
Sally Chomet Producer
Michael Coles Animator
Terry Davies Musical Direction/Supervision
Ignacio Ferreras de Zumarraga Animator
Jean-Claude Donda Co-producer
Jake Eberts Executive Producer
Julian Villanua Escalona Animator
Allan Fernando Animator
Alvaro Gaivoto Animator
Jean Goudier Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Hall Animator
Fiona Hall Production Manager
Bjarne Hansen Art Director
Arturo Alejandro Hernandez Animator
Mario Serrano Hervas Animator
Liane-Cho Han Jin Kuang Animator
Bob Last Producer
Greg Manwaring Animator
Gabriel Mase Animator
Cameron McAllister Sound/Sound Designer
Andy McPherson Animator
Jacques Muller Animator
Sydney Padua Animator
Eilidh Rankin Co-producer
Christina Calles Ruiz Animator
Aya Suzuki Animator
Michael Swofford Animator
Nicolette Van Gendt Animator
Leonard Ward Animator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Illusionist
1. Chapter 1 [4:50]
2. Chapter 2 [5:40]
3. Chapter 3 [4:34]
4. Chapter 4 [5:40]
5. Chapter 5 [4:16]
6. Chapter 6 [6:23]
7. Chapter 7 [4:13]
8. Chapter 8 [3:57]
9. Chapter 9 [6:07]
10. Chapter 10 [6:24]
11. Chapter 11 [3:01]
12. Chapter 12 [4:42]
13. Chapter 13 [5:09]
14. Chapter 14 [5:05]
15. Chapter 15 [4:15]
16. Chapter 16 [5:24]

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The Illusionist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
May-Flowers More than 1 year ago
A beautiful movie, and I mean beautiful, not only visually so but in its quiet storytelling which is both melancholic and uplifting. An unlikely story that handled wrong could have been tinged with unsavory tones, but the writer and director handle it in such a way that there is no doubt of the purity and mutual feelings of the main characters. A man who is what would be considered nowadays a second rate magician travels around Great Britain performing wherever he can manage to get a gig. His travels take him to a small village pub, where an overlooked young girl of little consequence to the world meets him and sees him perform. She is amazed by him, truly believing in the magic he creates, and Alice decides when he leaves that she will go too. She follows him, and though the magician at first does not approve he eventually relents and through their travels comes to be like a father or guardian to her. Tatischeff and Alice are such contrasting characters, the melancholy magician whose belief in the magic of the world is waning and the cheerful Alice who as the movie progresses is shown to be a girl who sees the beauty and magic all around her, and yet they fit together somehow in a very believable way.They meet a cast of characters that even though they only appear briefly, are presented so that I cared very much for them. Their is a scene involving one that is so heartbreaking, and yet the entire length of time the character spent on screen could scarcely be more than five minutes total. That may seem odd, but if you see or have seen this movie I believe you will understand what I mean. It is a hard movie to describe properly. I have never watched any other film that made me happy and sad in the way that this one does so very much. I highly recommend this movie.
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