The Illusionist

(USA, 2005, 109 minutes)

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a mysterious magician finds his long-lost childhood sweetheart is now the crown prince’s fiancee. Sweeping, enveloping period mystery melodrama carried by its elegant handling and superb performances; a shame, then, that its enigmas are so hurriedly resolved at the end. Technical credits impeccable.

Yari Film Group Releasing and Bob Yari Productions present, in association with Syndicate Films International, a Koppelman-Levien/Michael London production in association with Contagious Entertainment. Starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti; and Jessica Biel; with Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan. Directed by Neil Burger; produced by Michael London, Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Bob Yari and Cathy Schulman; screenplay by Neil Burger, based upon the short story Eisenheim the Illusionist by Steven Millhouser; music by Philip Glass; director of photography, Dick Pope; production designer, Ondrej Nekvasil; costume designer, Ngila Dickson; film editor, Naomi Geraghty; magic consultants, Ricky Jay and Michael Weber; visual effects supervisor, Viktor Muller.


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