The magical film that restores Jacques Tati to life

The magical film that restores Jacques Tati to life

The Illusionist by Sylvain Chomet

I haven’t seen this film – I don’t think it’s been in the US yet – but I liked director Sylvain Chomet’s Triplets of Belleville, and I admire the playful subtlety of the films of Jacques Tati, who wrote this unproduced screenplay years ago as a live-action film for he and his daughter, Sophie Tatischeff. The main animated character of the magician is patterned on Tati. (Watch for a quick shot of a gag where the magician raises his umbrella as the girl almost gets hit by a "truck.")

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