The Illusionist (2010)

The Illusionist (2010) — SECOND REVIEW [On DVD] I love this movie. FIRST REVIEW [In Theaters] No one really makes silent films anymore and I think that’s a shame. Sure you could argue that the invention of synchronized sound rendered silent film obsolete, but you could make the same argument about the invention of color film, but some artists like Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, or the Coen Brothers might still opt to make a film in black and white for artistic and stylistic reasons. I think the same can hold true for silent films. Sylvain Chomet’s films The Triplets of Bellville and now The Illusionist are not technically silent films but both maintain the elements that i love most about the genre. The Illusionist is based on an unfilmed screenplay by legendary French director Jacques Tati. As a movie buff I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never seen a Tati film, but they are definitely on my Netflix queue. The Illusionist is a beautiful movie. It “suffers” from some of the perceived pacing problems that a modern viewer such as myself sometimes have with silent films but it nonetheless manages to be funny and moving. The film tells the story of a struggling magician who befriends a young girl (a teenager I think, her age is never made totally clear), becoming sort of a benefactor and father figure to her. Definitely recommended.

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