Film Series : Making 'Em Move: A History of Animation

The Illusionist

L'Illusionniste

2010, Sylvain Chomet, France, 80 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Nov 4th 5:15pm
  • Tue, Nov 7th 6:00pm

"Chomet creates a wonderful cartoon version of Tati." — J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

An Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, Chomet's eagerly awaited follow-up to THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE is based on an unproduced screenplay by Jacques Tati. Chomet does justice to Tati's subtle long-shot style while putting his own imaginative stamp on the witty and wistful tale of an itinerant magician (drawn to resemble the spindly, shambling Tati) and the Scottish orphan girl who tags along with him. Set in the early 1960s and rendered in beautiful hand-drawn 2-D, THE ILLUSIONIST marvelously evokes the rainy, hilly cityscapes of Edinburgh and the shabby but still magical world of music hall. In English, French, and Gaelic (but virtually dialogue-free). 35mm. (MR)

Tuesday, November 7: Lecture by film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.

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