Trailer: The Illusionist (2010)

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The Illusionist – The indisputable masterpiece of the fest was, believe it or not, rejected from entering the competition.  Sylvain Chomet’s nearly dialogue-free animated film was made from a script written in the 1950’s by French icon Jacque Tati.  For those of you who don’t know, Tati is more or less the French Charlie Chaplain.  He wrote directed and starred in only five films (Including Mr. Holut’s Holiday and the Oscar winning Mon Oncle), but all of them are considered classics around the world.  He never filmed the Illusionist because it was too personal.  It was about him and his estranged daughter.  The main character is a magician (whose name is   by chance).  Chomet, in an unusual choice, set the film Edinburgh.  But seeing the footage it’s obvious he made a wise decision.

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