Monday, September 20, 2010

The Illusionist (2006): review - 8/10

A magician stages tricks in late Austro-Hungarian Empire, where he comes to the attention of the police.

Beautifully shot: the film seems primarily to be about totalitarianism.


  1. Hello Tadeusz. I just wanted to let you know that it's been a while since I read your blog and it has been a great source of movie recommendations for me since most of the time I agree with you rating on movies.

    As silly as it sounds, films are important for me because they let me think about things I wouldn't normally think, so I can somehow be a better person even without the chance to experience everything.

    Thank you, you've done so much for me without knowing.

    Keep it up.

  2. Thanks Xeep,

    I'm glad you find the reviews useful.

    I'm thinking of simple ways to improve the keywording here: you can also follow my movie reviews on this site where there is a lively community of critics and the cross-referencing is more sophisticated:

    I like films that give us an insight into human motivations, but which are at the same time entertaining.

    Ergo, if a movie is serious without being entertaining then I feel it has failed: likewise, I usually give lowish scores to cinema which is merely sensational.

    All the best,