In 1959 Paris, Tatischeff is an ageing magician in a world that's being taken over by floppy-haired musicians. After losing his latest gig, he heads for London, where he briefly works in a raucous pub then travels on to an isolated village in the Scottish Highlands. Eventually he settles in to do his show in a small theatre in Edinburgh. But a young country girl follows him into the city, and supporting himself is difficult enough without needing to watch out for her.
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The Illusionist is a new classically drawn animation from director Sylvain Chomet who brought us the wonderful film Belleville Rendez-vous which was the first film to feature his unique style of production. The Illusionist was written in the 1950's by French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati.
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Project overseers Emmanuel Benbihy and Tristan Carné wanted to create a cinematic map of Paris, with each short film representing one of the city's 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods). They ended up with 18 films, none of them more than a few minutes long and directed by a glittering, international roster of filmmakers. While none of the films here are anything approaching masterpieces, hardly a one is in any way a chore to sit through, which has to be some sort of an accomplishment.
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The Triplets of Belleville, one of 2003's more prominent animated features, isn't on a lot of our lists. Here's why. Triplets has a memorable visual style that words have a hard time capturing, but it's not a great movie because there's no compelling narrative or anything else to support the artistic flourishes. Style shouldn't take a backseat to story in any medium, and that includes animation. Just ask fans of The Simpsons and comic books.
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