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Unlock the mysteries of the year's most spellbinding film from the producers of Crash and Sideways! Oscar(r) nominees Paul Giamatti and Edward Norton lead an all-star cast in this "stunning" film (USA Today) that conjures an exhilarating blend of suspense, romance and mind-bending twists. The acclaimed illusionist Eisenheim (Norton) has not only captured the imaginations of all of Vienna, but also the interest of the ambitious Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell). But when Leopold's new fiancée (Jessica Biel) rekindles a childhood fascination with Eisenheim, the Prince's interest evolves into obsession...and suddenly the city's Chief Inspector (Giamatti) finds himself investigating a shocking crime. But even as the Inspector engages him in a dramatic challenge of wills, Eisenheim prepares for his most impressive illusion yet in this "mesmerizing" (Entertainment Weekly) and "beautifully acted" (Good Morning America) film that "teases you until the very end!" (The New York Times).
First screened in Europe and scheduled for limited release in the U.S., The Illusionist offers welcome proof that "arthouse" quality needn't be limited to the arthouses. Set in turn-of-the-century Vienna, this stately, elegant period film benefited from a crossover release in mainstream cinemas, and showed considerable box-office staying power--granted, teenage mallrats and lusty males may have been drawn to the allure of Seventh Heaven alumna Jessica Biel, who rises to the occasion with a fine performance. But there's equal appeal in the casting of Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, who bring their formidable talents to bear on the intriguing tale of a celebrated magician named Eisenheim (Norton) whose stage performance offends the Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), a vindictive lout who aims to marry Duchess Sophie (Biel), Eisenheim's childhood friend and now, 15 years later, his would-be lover. This romantic rivalry and Eisenheim's increasingly enigmatic craft of illusion are investigated by Chief Inspector Uhl (Giamatti), who's under Leopold's command and is therefore not to be trusted as Eisenheim and Sophie draw closer to their inevitable reunion. Cleverly adapted by director Neil Burger from Steven Millhauser's short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist," and boasting exquisite production values and a fine score by Philip Glass, The Illusionist is the kind of class act that fully deserved its unusually wide and appreciative audience. -- Jeff Shannon
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I watched this movie so many times over the past several years I figured it was time to own it for my collection. Read morePublished 10 days ago by BJG
I LOVE THE MOVIE. The disc paused the first time I watched it, but I just hit the next chapter button and it didn't skip any of the movie (I've seen it before).Published 18 days ago by theRedd14
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You're an idiot who lacks the wonder of imagination.
Nov 22, 2007 by Music Lover | See all 3 posts
|The Prestige or The Illusionist?||
You are quite correct. I also saw and enjoyed both movies, but remember The Prestige worked with much larger budget, and greater studio backing.
Jan 15, 2007 by Dale Smith | See all 12 posts
Nope. No subtitles at all, which I found frustrating. Although I understand English fairly well, I may want to watch this film with my folks who absolutely need the Spanish subtitles. So disappointing.
Dec 20, 2010 by Freshy Fresh | See all 4 posts
J.P., The Illusionist is now available on Blu-ray Disc. I just ordered my copy. I had to go page by page until I found it, because if you just type in the title in amazon's browser, it won't come-up. Numerically, it can be found in the 900's.
Good luck with your search!
Oct 21, 2008 by Albert J. Gomez | See all 3 posts
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