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The Illusionist


In turn-of-the-century Vienna, the illusionist Eisenheim (Edward Norton) impresses and upsets the royal court, including the woman (Jessica Biel) set to marry the Crown Prince (Rufus Sewell). Philip Glassā€™s spellbinding music and Dick Popeā€™s shadowy, autumnal cinematography enshroud this intriguing tale of love, power and magic. A good cast, even if no one in particular stands out; the most interesting character is the arrogant but weak crown prince. The story takes a while before it engages our emotions; unsurprisingly enough, thereā€™s a magical twist in the end.

2006-U.S. 109 min. Color. Written and directed byĀ Neil Burger. Short Story: Steven Millhauser (ā€œEisenheim the Illusionistā€œ). Cinematography: Dick Pope. Music: Philip Glass. Cast: Edward Norton (Edward ā€œEisenheimā€ Abramowitz), Paul Giamatti (Uhl), Jessica Biel (Sophie Von Teschen), Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan, Jake Wood.

Trivia: Liv Tyler was allegedly first hired for the part of Sophie.



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