LSC Event Descriptions

March 17 & 18, 2007

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Rated PG-13
110 minutes

The Illusionist (2006)
March 17, 2007 at 7:00 and 10:00 pm in 26-100
March 18, 2007 at 10:00 pm in 26-100

In a world where nothing is as it appears, an illusionist and a police inspector face off in a challenge of wills that attempts to determine where reality ends and magic begins...all the while blurring the line between power and corruption, love and devotion, vigilance and mania and ultimately, life and death.

A supernatural mystery that combines romance, politics and magic, The Illusionist is the latest film from the producers of the Oscar winners Crash and Sideways. The film stars Academy Award nominees Edward Norton (Fight Club, American History X) and Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, Sideways) as two men pitted against each other in a battle of wits. Norton plays a mysterious stage magician, Eisenheim, who bends nature's laws to his will in front of awestruck crowds. Giamatti co-stars as Vienna's shrewd Chief Inspector Uhl, a man committed to uphold the law and for whom magic holds no place in his ordered world. Jessica Biel (Elizabethtown) shares the screen as the beautiful and enigmatic Sophie von Teschen, who finds her future inexorably altered when she encounters the man called Eisenheim, and Eisenheim comes dangerously close to unlocking the dark secret of the monarchy that she holds. []

Elusive and stunningly rich, The Illusionist, with its big-budget look and indie sensibilities, is a haunting romance wrapped in an enigma.
      -- Kit Bowen, Read this review.

2006 Academy Award Nominations: Achievement in Cinematography

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