Thursday, July 26, 2007

Film: The Illusionist

One of the more beautiful pieces of cinema I've seen recently. The pace was a little bit slow, but the visuals were such a delight, I couldn't even begin to be bored.

I enjoyed the blurred line between "magic" and "illusion," which was primarily the function of the gorgeous camera work. Eisenheim's tricks really do seem to be impossible, because the film effects allow them to be seamless.

I really want to read the short story this was based on, to see how this effect is achieved with words.

The Illusionist
dir. by Neil Burger, 2006

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