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1[[quoteright:270:]]께Not to be confused with the [[Film/TheIllusionist 2006 film of the same name]], ''The Illusionist'' (French: ''L'Illusionniste'') is a 2010 animated film directed by Creator/SylvainChomet, the creator of ''WesternAnimation/{{The Triplets Of Belleville}}'', based on an unproduced screenplay written by Creator/JacquesTati in 1956.께A mostly silent film, set in the 1950s, about a French illusionist, named Tatischeff, as he tries to find work in a world where the stage is slowly giving way to the silver screen. His travels take him from Paris to London, and eventually a small rural town in Scotland, where he meets a young woman named Alice. Captivated by Tatischeff's illusions and believing them to be real, she leaves home with him as he makes his way to Edinburgh.께Tatischeff performs at a local music hall to an ever-decreasing audience, while Alice wanders around the city, seeing clothes that she wishes she could have. In his kindness, Tatischeff indulges her with these gifts. Unfortunately, he spends large amounts of money on them, while Alice continues to believe them to be more of his magic tricks. In order to continue in appeasing his protégé, Tatischeff takes up numerous other jobs to keep both Alice happy and a roof above their heads: being poorly treated and degraded in the process. After blossoming into a pretty young woman, Alice finds love with a local man working at a library across from their hotel.께The movie was meant to be Jacques Tati's love letter to his daughter in 1956. Tati's middle grandson, Richard [=MacDonald=], sent a letter to famed movie critic Creator/RogerEbert in which he [[=MacDonald=]] discusses his distaste for the film. You can [[ read the letter here]].께----!!Tropes:께* TheAlcoholic: With an AlcoholHic and all.* BittersweetEnding: Alice matures and gets a boyfriend. [[spoiler:Tatischeff, however, hangs up his top hat and white rabbit for good, and departs. And Alice realises how naïve she's been in thinking that Tatischeff could perform real magic. Not to mention the guilt of knowing that all of the expensive gifts ''didn't'' actually come from thin air.]]* BlackComedy: The suicidal clown.* BrawnHilda: The opera singer at the wedding.* BreakTheCutie: Twice over it seems. Alice has her moment [[spoiler:when Tatischeff writes her a note telling her magic isn't real when she'd spent her whole life dreaming away]] and [[spoiler:Tatischeff himself when he has to admit it's time to give up.]]* CampGay: The Beatles-like band whose song is sweeping Europe and driving the Illusionist and acts of his sort out of work.* ConspicuousCG: The flying camera pan across Edinburgh in the otherwise 2D animation. The vehicles are also made with CGI.* CrapsackWorld: Slap in the face realism and that the absolutely broke Tatischeff gets his money stolen is quite sad.* DerangedAnimation: With the other performers at the hotel in Edinburgh. But even they're tame considering Chomet's other [[WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville work]].* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:This almost happens with the clown until Alice knocks on his door, offering lunch.]]* EatTheDog: Tatischeff thinks Alice has cooked his rabbit.* EndOfAnAge: A major theme throughout the film. Tati's profession is being outpaced by electricity, moving pictures and Rock n' Roll.* EverythingIsBigInTexas: A flashy Texan brings his car into the garage (which even has Texas license plates, despite being in the United Kingdom).* EyesAlwaysShut: A number of supporting and background characters have their eyes closed throughout the whole film.* TheFifties: And from the looks of things the animators DidTheResearch.* GhibliHills: The countryside around Edinburgh.** Specifically Holyrood Park, which is still more or less exactly as it is portrayed here.* GrayRainOfDepression: Close to the end when [[spoiler:Alice reflects over her dreams of magic being false and the fact Tatischeff went along with it for her sake.]] Includes a stare out of the window at the rain moment as well.* HairRaisingHare: The stage rabbit is not friendly at all.* IAteWhat: Averted but played with. The rabbit escapes his/her hutch and Alice is cooking a stew for lunch. The wind blows the pages off the cookery book and it opens on a page for rabbit stew. HilarityEnsues.* JustTrainWrong: Mostly the film does as good a job with trains as on the rest of the fifties British setting, but there are some extremely French-looking railway carriages briefly visible in the background at Kings Cross station.* KillerRabbit: He/She bites.* LeFilmArtistique: Especially at that "depressing as hell" point.* LonelyPianoPiece: Much of the soundtrack, used to great effect.* MagiciansAreWizards: Alice thinks this, at least.* ManInAKilt: The film is mostly set in Scotland, so no surprise. The drunk Scotsman gets the FanDisservice version when the wind blows his kilt a little too high.* MediumBlending: TV and movies seen in the film are live action, not animated.* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon: Much like WesternAnimation/{{The Triplets of Belleville}}.* MoodWhiplash: The aforementioned EatTheDog scene -- it cuts from the illusionist hunting for the rabbit to the SadClown [[spoiler: ''attempting suicide'']] and back again.* OddFriendship: French illusionist and a young Scottish girl.* ParentalSubstitute: The illusionist becomes this for Alice. We never see what happened to her parents.* PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: Part of the act.* PrettyInMink: Alice has a coat with a white fur collar.* RunningGag: The Scotsman who gives Tatischeff his first job in Scotland is seen multiple times being completely drunk.* SadClown: The clown living upstairs drinks heavily to [[SoundtrackDissonance circus music]].* SceneryPorn: And [[ how]].* ShoutOut: The hit band ''Billy Boy and the Britoons'' look like some [[Music/TheBeatles lads from]] {{Oop North}}.** A certain [[WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville mouse-faced mechanic]] makes a re-appearance at Jenner's Department Store.** There is a pawnbroker's shop called "Brown & Blair". Those are the two recent prime ministers in the United Kingdom. The shop is even modeled after a real pawnshop in Edinburgh.* SilenceIsGolden: A majority of the film is silent, save for a few moments of light dialogue and incomprehensible mumbling.* {{Squee}}: The raging fangirls at the rock concert.* TheStinger: [[spoiler:The Drunken Scotsman crawling across the floor in London after the credits.]]* TagAlongKid: Alice. Her optimism and cheerful personality help the Illusionist and his fellow entertainers through their struggles against an increasingly commercialized society.* TheVoiceless: To some extent, Tatischeff. He coughs a bit.----


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