The Illusionist

2006, Movie, PG, 109 mins

The Illusionist
Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Millhauser's short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist," this handsome, elegant and restrained fable about love, artifice and power in fin de siecle Vienna is lavishly imagined and yet oddly airless. It begins in medias res, as a celebrated conjurer who appears to be communicating with the spirits of the dead is arrested mid-performance by bourgeois Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti), who then reports to Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), whose interest in this troublesome traveling player seems vastly out of proportion to the man's significance. The rest of the film unfolds in flashback, as Uhl relates the story of a common cabi...
Released: 2006 Rated: PG Length: 109 mins

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