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The Illusionist [L'Illusionniste] Review


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Less hilariously crowd-pleasing than The Triplets of Belleville (aka Belleville Rendez-vous), Chomet's new animated film, originally written by French master Jacques Tati himself, is a masterful story full of sharp wit, bittersweet emotion and startling tenderness.

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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Paris, Je T'aime Review


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One would like to think that there at least a few other cities in the world besides Paris that could have inspired a film as varied in the types of cinematic pleasure so ably delivered by the anthology piece Paris Je T'Aime -- but it seems unlikely. This isn't due to an unavailability of good stories or locations in many other great metropolises, but more because being able to dangle the possibility of shooting in Paris in front of the world's greatest directors is going to be so much more enticing. Also, there are few other cities besides Paris that come with such a powerful and multifarious wealth of preassociated images and emotions for both filmmaker and audience to both draw upon and react against. So what could have been a collection of short films with a few highs, several lows, and a lot of muddled in-betweens is in fact a remarkably and consistently imaginative body of work, practically giddy with energy, that only rarely touches the ground.

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 Review


OK
There's a good reason why Finding Nemo was on my top 10 list for 2003, along with many of my other colleagues. Take away the imagination-bending animation and superb voice work and there's a riveting story of sacrifice and family love. You could tell your kid that story at bedtime, without a team of animators, and I'd guarantee you that the little tyke would be captivated.

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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Sylvain Chomet Movies

The Illusionist [L'Illusionniste] Movie Review

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Less hilariously crowd-pleasing than The Triplets of Belleville (aka Belleville Rendez-vous), Chomet's new animated film,...

The Illusionist Trailer

The Illusionist Trailer

The Illusionist is a new classically drawn animation from director Sylvain Chomet who brought us...

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