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The Illusionist

The Illusionist
Saturday February 12th, 2011

"The Illusionist" is a great animated feature and Oscar nominee. It's the melancholy story of an old magician that time is passing by. He and other old vaudeville performers can't compete with TV and Rock and Roll acts that have captured the public's imagination. He is forced to travel to isolated areas in a doomed effort to try and stay one step ahead of the times. At one such spot he encounters a young girl who mistakes his act of kindness for real magic and decides to tag along with him when he leaves. He is moved by her admiration and tries to maintain the illusion that he can perform magic.

The film beautifully evokes the feeling of a bygone age and as with films like Cinema Paradiso it makes us feel a little sad about what we've sacrificed to the modern world.