The Illusionist

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Natalia came to class with The Illusionist, John brought us Finding Nemo, and we watched them. The Illusionist has no English subtitles on this DVD, that's why we watched the film with the Italian ones.

Here you have questions  to answer: do your own research on the Internet to find more accurate information about the film, so to pay great attention to formal correctness when you answer.    

  1. Where does The Illusionist begin?

  2. Why did Eisenheim start to be interested in magic tricks?

  3. Who did Eisenheim fall in love with?

  4. Was she of his same social class?

  5. Were they allowed to see each other?

  6. What happened? 


  7. When do they meet again?

  8. Who is she engaged with?

  9. Does the Crown Prince Leopold kill her?

10. Where is she found?

11. Who does the Illusionist summon in his next show?

12. Is the end of the film what you expected?

13. Can you summarize it? 

You can also say if you think that watching films is profitable and why, it will be interesting to compare ideas.

Anna - Coordinator

Source: Italian version of The Illusionist DVD 



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0 #6 Fabio Barsotti 2014-10-29 21:57
Watching movies in their original language (the English ones, of course) is a very funny activity. And it is useful, too. It is a simple way (not so simple to tell the truth) to learn the pronunciation of English.
0 #5 Fabio Barsotti 2014-10-29 21:38
13. “The Illusionist”, based on the novel “Eisenheim the Illusionist” by Steven Millhauser, is the never-ending love story between Eduard, of humble origin, and Sophia, of noble birth. They met in youth and they fell in love with each other. But their different origins stopped their love. Eduard began a journey round the world and became Eisenheim, the Illusionist, a famous magician. Sophia, Duchess Von Teschen, promised to marry Leopold, the heir to the throne. But Eisenheim came back to Vienna fifteen years later putting on illusionism shows. So he met Sophia and their love started again. Leopold, helped by the Chief Inspector Uhl, tried to obstruct their love story. And his insane ambition made him a murderer. Or not?
0 #4 Fabio Barsotti 2014-10-29 18:49
1. “The Illusionist” begins with the last Eisenheim’s performance. You can see the same scene later on.
2. Eisenheim met a travelling magician when he was a boy.
3. He fell in love with Sophia, the Duchess Von Teschen.
4. No, she wasn’t. She had aristocratic origins. He was a furniture maker’s son.
5. No, they weren’t. They came from too different worlds.
6. They were discovered and separated.
7. They meet again fifteen years later, when Eduard (the true name of Eisenheim) comes back to Vienna.
8. She is engaged with the Crown Prince Leopold, the heir to the throne.
9. No, he doesn’t. It seems so, but it is another “illusion”.
10. She is found in a river bed.
11. He summons the ghost of Sophia.
12. Yes, it is. I really expected an happy ending.
0 #3 Francesco Arrighi 2014-10-24 10:47
13) This is the love story between a duchess and a illusionist Magician.
The duchess is already engaged to the Crown Prince Leopold .
But she loves Edward the magician , she knows him since when they were kids .
For to live the them love, Edwuard designs a plan to clear Sophie, simulating the her death , and accusing of this , the Crown Prince Leopold .
At the end The magician and his duchess will love each other forever.
0 #2 Francesco Arrighi 2014-10-24 10:46
7)They meet after 15 years , during Eisenheim 's show . In effect Edward , meanwhile, had become a famous magician.
8)She was engaged with the Crown Prince Leopold.
9)He kills the duchess using the his sword. But , in effect, it is not gone in this way.
Edwar had designed the false death of the duchess .
10)She fell dead in the stable.
11)The illusionist summons the ghost of the duchess.
12)In effect no. I believed until the end, that the crown Prince Leopold had truely killed the duchess.
0 #1 Francesco Arrighi 2014-10-24 10:45
1)The Illusionist begins in a theatre of Vienna.
2)Because when he was a child he met a magician, who showed him a few tricks.
3)He meets a girl , Sophie , and the two fall in love. Sophie is an duchess .
4)No, she wasn't .Sophie was an duchess and he was a farmer.
5)No, they weren't allowed .
6)The two lovers were forbidden to meet .Edward and Sophie were seen no more for many years .

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