History Film / TheIllusionist

30th Jul '16 2:25:40 PM AGorilla
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* ControlFreak: The Crown Prince, full stop. Between having Sophie followed around everywhere to [[spoiler:planning to overthrow his father the emperor]] its clear the man believes he must be in control of everything. Also ties into his motive to find out the secret of Eisenheim's illusions. Unlike the chief inspector who has a genuine fondness and respect for the magic tricks, the crown prince simply wants to show everyone has much smarter he is by figuring them out.
20th Jul '16 12:18:59 AM DeadSkunk
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* [[spoiler: MurderTheHypotenuse: Not intentionally. The protagonists' plan centers on themselves being thought dead. The fact that the prince shoots himself is an incidental, if helpful, coincidence.]]
20th Jul '16 12:09:21 AM DeadSkunk
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* AssholeVictim: The crown prince. [[spoiler: Sure, he's an absolute jerk with a history of beating and maybe even killing women. But the protagonists end up [[DrivenToSuicide driving him to suicide]] over a murder [[FramingTheGuiltyParty he did not actually commit]].]]



%%* DeathGlare: The prince.

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%%* * DeathGlare: The prince.prince is fond of these. Most noticeable after the "Excaliber" trick. He doesn't have to say "You'll regret this" to make the sentiment painfully clear.



%%* DuelingMovies: In contest with ''Film/ThePrestige (2006)''.

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%%* * DuelingMovies: In contest with ''Film/ThePrestige (2006)''.(2006)''. Came out the same year, both period pieces featuring magicians doing impossible tricks, and going to extreme lengths for love and/or revenge.



* FramingTheGuiltyParty: [[spoiler: It's implied that the Crown Prince had killed and/or seriously injured women before, and we see him hit Sophie. The accusation that eventually drives him to suicide, though? It's false. Not that he knows.]]



%%* [[spoiler: MurderTheHypotenuse:]]

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%%* * [[spoiler: MurderTheHypotenuse:]]MurderTheHypotenuse: Not intentionally. The protagonists' plan centers on themselves being thought dead. The fact that the prince shoots himself is an incidental, if helpful, coincidence.]]



* PrinceCharmless: The prince is established early on to beat women.

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* PrinceCharmless: The prince is established early on to beat women.as a domestic abuser, and he certainly has little patience for Uhl, who is clearly one of the most competent and intelligent of his staff.
23rd May '16 4:04:46 AM fgenzo159
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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In the climax of the movie, [[spoiler:Leopold commited suicide, when the only thing between him and the troopers that were going to take him prisoner was just a weak door.]]

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In the climax of the movie, [[spoiler:Leopold commited committed suicide, when the only thing between him and the troopers that were going to take him prisoner was just a weak door.]]



* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler:Sophie is not really dead. Things were arranged to seem as if Leopold had killed her (even for himself, by making him drunk at the moment of the purported homicide), and he commited suicide before being jailed... for a crime that he did not commit.]]

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler:Sophie is not really dead. Things were arranged to seem as if Leopold had killed her (even for himself, by making him drunk at the moment of the purported homicide), and he commited committed suicide before being jailed... for a crime that he did not commit.]]
7th Apr '15 7:08:11 PM Miriam
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* AdaptationExpansion: The original short story is mostly about how people respond to the illusions.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Uhl is not a sympathetic character or WorthyOpponent in the original.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Eisenheim himself. He's the protagonist in Millhauser's story, but only his magic is of any importance.



* AmbiguouslyJewish: Eisenheim, aka Eduard Abramowitz, has a Jewish surname, and is a stage magician in the early twentieth century. If so, it adds another reason why he and Sophie aren't allowed to be together.

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Eisenheim, aka Eduard Abramowitz, has a Jewish surname, and is a stage magician in the early twentieth century. If so, it adds another reason why he and Sophie aren't allowed to be together.
9th Jan '15 10:55:09 AM ElectricZ
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* NotSoDifferent: Uhl attempts to convince Eisenheim to trust him by relating that he is not the member of the social elite Eisenheim thinks he is, but in fact shares a similar, humble background.
-->'''Uhl:''' Yes, indeed, they say that I'm very close to the Prince. But the simple truth of the matter is, Herr Eisenheim, I'm the son of a butcher. He's the heir to the Empire. How close could we be to such as him, Hmm? Do you see my point? Don't fool yourself that you can play in their game. I've served on the edge of it for many, many years and I can tell you with certainty there's no trick they haven't seen. It's not worth it.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Invoked and inverted in-story not by TheProtagonist, but by the man investigating him, of all things; who tells the protagonist that he's prepared to investigate "a discreet carriage ride" with the Duchess (and future empress) not as what it ''looked like'' (a sexual encounter), "but what it actually is." (As it turns out, a conversation between childhood friends.)



* NotWhatItLooksLike: Invoked and inverted in-story not by TheProtagonist, but by the man investigating him, of all things; who tells the protagonist that he's prepared to investigate "a discreet carriage ride" with the Duchess (and future empress) not as what it ''looked like'' (a sexual encounter), "but what it actually is." (As it turns out, a conversation between childhood friends.)
25th Dec '14 7:09:39 PM spirasen
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* AllThereInTheManual: While Eisenheim's tricks may seem like a simple HandWave of reality for the sake of drama, all of them actually have very clear explanations--but only in the DVD commentary tracks.

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* AllThereInTheManual: While Eisenheim's tricks may seem like a simple HandWave of reality for the sake of drama, all of them actually have very clear explanations--but explanations -- but only in the DVD commentary tracks.



* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Sophie is the Duchess of Teschen, and the Crown Prince is planning to marry her so that he can improve his claim to the Hungarian half of Austria-Hungary. However, Teschen was actually a Czech state populated by Poles and ruled by an Austrian noble family in the Austrian half of the Empire...the only connection with Hungary was that it lay across the border from them. At least geographically; it's possible that such a move might have been shore up dynastic and political affiliations with ''people'' tied to that territory/title, but the movie doesn't explain it.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Sophie is the Duchess of Teschen, and the Crown Prince is planning to marry her so that he can improve his claim to the Hungarian half of Austria-Hungary. However, Teschen was actually a Czech state populated by Poles and ruled by an Austrian noble family in the Austrian half of the Empire... the only connection with Hungary was that it lay across the border from them. At least geographically; it's possible that such a move might have been shore up dynastic and political affiliations with ''people'' tied to that territory/title, but the movie doesn't explain it.



* ChekhovsGun: There are many: the locket, the orange tree, the sword, and many minor ones.

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* ChekhovsGun: There are many: the locket, the orange tree, the sword, and many minor ones.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Early in the film Eisenheim runs into a group of street urchins. Instead of simply giving them some money, which he's certainly capable of, he instead gives most of them one coin each with a slight-of-hand trick--except the last one, who he gives an empty handkerchief... Before raining coins down from his empty hands on the last boy and his fellows. This establishes him as a trickster, but a generous and gentle one.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Early in the film Eisenheim runs into a group of street urchins. Instead of simply giving them some money, which he's certainly capable of, he instead gives most of them one coin each with a slight-of-hand trick--except trick -- except the last one, who he gives an empty handkerchief... Before raining coins down from his empty hands on the last boy and his fellows. This establishes him as a trickster, but a generous and gentle one.



* GambitRoulette: The big plan of Eisenheim was successful, [[spoiler:and he could escape with Sophie, with nobody hunting them, as it would happen if they simply run away with no master plan]]. Still, many things could have gone wrong with it.

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* GambitRoulette: The big plan of Eisenheim was successful, [[spoiler:and he could escape with Sophie, with nobody hunting them, as it would happen if they simply run away with no master plan]]. Still, many things could have gone wrong with it.



** What if the family doctor was a bit more competent and realized that something was wrong?

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** What if the family doctor was a bit more competent and realized that something was wrong? wrong?



** What if the family decided to bury the corpse at a deep tomb, or worse, cremate it?

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** What if the family decided to bury the corpse at a deep tomb, or worse, cremate it? it?



** What if Leopold did not attend that specific night's show?

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** What if Leopold did not attend that specific night's show? show?



* HowWeGotHere: Most of the movie is actually Inspector Uhl's narration of how he ended up in the Prince's study, slightly late.

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* HowWeGotHere: Most of the movie is actually Inspector Uhl's narration of how he ended up in the Prince's study, slightly late.



* SurroundedByIdiots: In-universe, this is the prince's general attitude. If someone can't accomplish what he tells them to--even if it's impossible--clearly they "can't be relied on."

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* SurroundedByIdiots: In-universe, this is the prince's general attitude. If someone can't accomplish what he tells them to--even to -- even if it's impossible--clearly impossible -- clearly they "can't be relied on."



* TakeThatAudience: InUniverse, Eisenheim was forced to this. Threatened to be detained for fraud, and with criminal charges increased if the mob outside attacked the building, he rushed to the balcony, to talk to his fans. And he destroyed their WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief by clarifying that he had no special powers and he can not summon the spirits of the dead. That everything the people had seen at the theater was an illusion, a trick. There it is, now there's no "fraud", the police can not detain him for that.

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* TakeThatAudience: InUniverse, Eisenheim was forced to this. Threatened to be detained for fraud, and with criminal charges increased if the mob outside attacked the building, he rushed to the balcony, to talk to his fans. And he destroyed their WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief by clarifying that he had no special powers and he can not summon the spirits of the dead. That everything the people had seen at the theater was an illusion, a trick. There it is, now there's no "fraud", the police can not detain him for that.



* WouldHitAGirl: The prince often does if the rumors about him beating his previous girlfriends are true.

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* WouldHitAGirl: The prince often does if the rumors about him beating his previous girlfriends are true.
20th Dec '14 9:46:05 PM ElectricZ
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** What if Uhl checked the stables immediately (as he was about to do), and not some years later?

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** What if Uhl checked the stables immediately (as he was about to do), and not some years days later?



*** [[spoiler: the "Family Doctor" was revealed to be Eisenheim's disguised confidant during the finale when Uhl flashes back and remembers seeing him talking to Eisenheim at the train station.]]



*** See above.



** What if Uhl could get Eisenheim before he took the train, or get to the train as well before it left?

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** What if Uhl could get Eisenheim before he took the train, or get to the train as well before it left? left?
*** A self inflicted gamble by Eisenheim when he deliberately blew his identity by [[WorthyOpponent giving Uhl his magic notebook out of respect.]]


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* WorthyOpponent: Eisenheim and Uhl. The feeling is mutual, as shown when [[spoiler: Eisenheim leaves Uhl the notes of his Orange Tree trick, and Uhl's laughter at the end when he realizes how Eisenheim tricked everyone, including himself.]]
20th Dec '14 9:31:51 PM ElectricZ
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* ArcWords: A series of them are fired off in a montage at the end of the movie, giving context to everything that was said earlier which takes on a new meaning when the truth is exposed at the end. The most significant being when Eisenheim says in front of Uhl, [[spoiler: "Everything you have seen is an illusion."]]
27th Sep '14 1:48:39 PM Marin1977
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** He did kill a woman before.
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