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2,770 Ratings

The Illusionist

Directed by Neil Burger
United States, Czech Republic, 2006
Drama, Thriller, Romance


In Vienna during the early 1900s, a renowned magician named Eisenheim falls for an engaged duchess and uses his abilities to win her over from the clutches of her fiancé, the Crown Prince.

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The Illusionist Directed by Neil Burger

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2007 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Cinematography

Independent Spirit Awards

2007 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

National Board of Review

2006 | Winner: Top Independent Films

New York Film Critics

2006 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

Burger’s own magic as a storyteller is clear when Uhl sees a complex diagram supposedly explaining how one of Eisenheim’s tricks is done. We think we’re being enlightened, but Burger’s just distracting us from other tricks he and Eisenheim are up to. Whether we wind up believing or disbelieving the psuedo-explanation or the new illusions is secondary to appreciating the grace of them all.
August 18, 2006
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