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The Illusionist

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Original title
The Illusionist
Year
Running time
110 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Neil Burger (Story: Steven Millhauser)
Music
Philip Glass
Cinematography
Dick Pope
Cast
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Producer
Yari Film Group / Contagious Entertainment / Stillking Films / Bob Yari Productions / Michael London Productions
Genre
Mystery. Drama | Costume Drama. Magic. 1900s
Synopsis / Plot
The film stars Academy Award nominees Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti as two men pitted against each other in a battle of wits: Norton as mysterious stage magician Eisenheim, and Giamatti as Vienna's shrewd Chief Inspector Uhl, with Jessica Biel sharing the screen as the beautiful Sophie von Teschen.

When word of Eisenheim's astounding illusions reaches the powerful and pragmatic Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), the ruler attends one of the magician's shows in order to debunk Eisenheim during the performance. But when the Prince's intended, Sophie von Teschen,

assists the magician onstage, Eisenheim and Sophie recognize each other from their childhoods—and a dormant love affair is rekindled. As the clandestine romance continues, Uhl is charged by Leopold to intensify his efforts to expose Eisenheim, even while the magician gains a devoted and vocal public following. With Uhl doggedly searching for the reasons and the man behind the trickery, Eisenheim prepares to execute his greatest illusion yet.

A supernatural mystery that combines romance, politics and magic, The Illusionist is the latest film from the producers of the Oscar winners Crash and Sideways. Based on Steven Millhauser's short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist".
Awards
2006: Nominated for Oscar: Best Cinematography
2006: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Composer (Phillip Glass)
2006: National Board of Review (NBR): Top Independent Films of the Year
2006: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Screenplay
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