The Illusionist - video clips

  • 4 June 2010

This article is from 2010

One of the most talked about movies at this year's Film Festival is The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet's first feature since the critically acclaimed Belleville Rendez-vous.

Based on a Jacques Tati script and transposed to 1950s Scotland it is the story of a down-on-his-luck stage illusionist meeting a young woman who believes his magic is real.

We've gathered together five video clips from the film. The clips are in French, but don't worry if you're not a French speaker – the animation effortlessly conveys the story.

Clip 1

The Illusionist prepares backstage while The Britoons perform to their screaming fans.

Clip 2

A journey by train, boat and car through Scotland to a remote Western Isles village.

Clip 3

The Illusionist entertains the locals in a village pub.

Clip 4

A new coat presented with a magician's flair.

Clip 5

Acrobats painting.

The Illusionist

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • UK / France
  • 1h 23min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sylvain Chomet
  • Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin

The product of five years' work in an animation studio that Chomet (Belleville Rendezvous) set up in Edinburgh when he fell in love with the capital after attending its International Film Festival, this is an uncannily accurate portrayal of Edinburgh and Scotland. The story is an unfilmed script from Jacques Tati and the…