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De illusionist (1983)

At the center of this extremely visualized narrative are the illusionist and his brother, who is lazy on the basis of either great love, or exorbitant envy of the brother. Having spoiled ... See full summary »

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Jos Stelling
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Cast

Credited cast:
Freek de Jonge Freek de Jonge ... De Illusionist
Jim van der Woude Jim van der Woude ... Zijn Broer
Catrien Wolthuizen Catrien Wolthuizen ... Zijn Moeder
Gerard Thoolen ... Zijn Vader
Carel Lapere Carel Lapere ... Grootvader
Craig Eubanks Craig Eubanks ... Tovenaar
Gerrie van der Klei Gerrie van der Klei ... Zijn Assistent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Japin Arthur Japin
Ank van der Moer Ank van der Moer
Hugo van Riet Hugo van Riet
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Storyline

At the center of this extremely visualized narrative are the illusionist and his brother, who is lazy on the basis of either great love, or exorbitant envy of the brother. Having spoiled the sick son in a psychiatric hospital, the mother blesses the illusionist on a long journey with one suitcase. The ensuing whirlwind of events drags the heroes deeper into his turbulent whirlpool.

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Country:

Netherlands

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None

Release Date:

17 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az illuzionista See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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There is no understandable Dutch dialogue in the film (only some mumbling). See more »

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Perfect work of modern visual slapstick
8 October 2001 | by booxSee all my reviews

When I saw this film, I could not imagine how much it would respond to my cinematographic hunger. It is original, funny, inventive (it HAS to be: there are no dialogues at all), moving and perfectly acted. Everything I was expecting from cinema, this movie gave it to me. It is a real lesson of cinematic language. If you're nostalgic of Buster Keaton's and Chaplin's work, try to check this one out. One of my personal favorite.


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