The Illusionist (2006) short review

A relatively entertaining look at magic and forbidden love in early 20th century Vienna.  Edward Norton is the title magician, Jessica Biel is his forbidden aristocratic love, Rufus Sewell is the evil crown prince, and Paul Giamatti is the police inspector who brings things together.  It’s all relatively entertaining until the hit-you-over-the-head “here’s the answer to the mystery” ending, with a totally implausible ending (which I won’t give away, but please note:  a) the woman’s outfit and b) how ridiculous it is).  Biel wears understated but pretty and very accurate-looking early 1900s dresses.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.