Six Clips from Chomet’s ‘The Illusionist’


I leave for the Toronto International Film Festival from Seattle tomorrow morning at 8 AM and right now I am scrambling to put together a preview post as well as pack and prepare for eight days of film festival chaos.

One film that will be included on my preview will be Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, which I’ll be seeing at 3 PM on Friday (9/10). Sony Pictures Classics is already set to release the film in theaters on December 25 and it’s one I’ve had on my radar for the longest time as Chomet is bringing to the screen a lost Jacques Tati screenplay, though that fact has been the source of much controversy.

Here’s the synopsis:

Based on an unproduced script by French comedy legend Jacques Tati, The Illusionist details the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theaters, garden parties and bars, he meets a young fan who changes his life forever.

Controversy or not, I still can’t wait to see it and to celebrate that anticipation I offer you six clips from the film directly below. I also have 34 images from the film in the RopeofSilicon gallery right here and the most recent trailer can be seen here.


Alice takes in Edinburgh while the Illusionist lands a new job

Alice tries on her new shoes

Painting a billboard

The garden party

The Illusionist takes the stage

The Illusionist travels to his new job