The Illusionist

Synopsis: In late nineteenth century Vienna, renowned illusionist Eisenheim is reunited with the Duchess von Teschen when she is volunteered from the audience to participate in an illusion during one of his performances. Despite having not seen each other in fifteen years when they were teenagers, they almost immediately recognize each other as Eduard Abramovich and Sophie von Teschen, they who had a doomed romance at that time due to their class differences. The Duchess is soon to be wed to the Crown Prince Leopold in what would be for him a marriage solely in pursuit of power: overthrowing his father, the Emperor Leopold, as well as overtaking the Hungarian side of the empire. The Crown Prince is known to use violence against women if it suits his needs or purposes. As such, the Duchess, who realizes that she still loves Eisenheim and he her, can never leave the Crown Prince without it jeopardizing her life. After Eisenheim humiliates the Crown Prince at a private show which results in an inci
Director(s): Neil Burger
Production: Yari Film Group
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

We cannot even speed it up

or slow it down.

Or can we?

Have we not each

experienced the sensation...

that a beautiful moment

seemed to pass too quickly...

and wished that

we could make it linger?

Or felt time slow on a dull day...

and wished that we could

speed things up a bit?

I assure you, they're quite real.

Is it real? Let's see.

And you, madam,

where is your handkerchief?


Very good.

Give us something, please.

- Please, give us something. Please.

- What's all this?

We're poor.

- Do you think you're poor?

- Yes.

I want to show you something.

You're not poor.

You have everything

that you need right here.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

And that's yours.

And this too.

I've got the magic one!

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

- Coffee?

- No.

- Strudel? I have two.

- Nothing, thank you.

You look very pleased with yourself.

How are the receipts?

- Not bad. A three-quarter house.

- Well done.

But we're going to do better

than that. Listen to this.

Listen. "There is no argument

that his uncanny displays...

"separate him from the ranks

of garden-variety stage wizards.

"Some of his effects

transcend mere illusion...

"and approach the realm of art.

He is very young

to be so masterful."

Do you see?

We'll pack the house with this review.

We are going to make more money

than you ever dreamed of.

But if it was mechanical.

Maybe he had it wrapped

in some kind of bark?

Oh, I know, of course

I thought of that.

It's the butterflies

I'm trying to work out.

Oh, for Pete's sake.

Invisible wire.

Too obvious. How many men

have you detailed for tonight?

We have eight men inside,

another eight out front.

Perhaps you'll get another look

at your butterflies.


- Come on in.

- Check the last 10 rows there.

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Neil Burger

Neil Norman Burger is an American film and television director, writer and producer known for the fake-documentary Interview with the Assassin (2002), the period drama The Illusionist (2006), Limitless (2011), and the sci-fi action film Divergent (2014), based on the dystopian novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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