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First look: Sylvain Chomet’s THE ILLUSIONIST

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 22nd, 2010

Well it looks like today’s lack of news has just been made up for. Thanks to the geniuses over at Geek Tyrant, we've been given our first real look at Sylvain Chomet’s upcoming film, THE ILLUSIONIST, which has been put out onto the interwebs, and looks more than stunning. The film is the latest from Chomet, who is best known as the filmmaker behind THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, or better known as one of the greatest animated films of the modern era. The film is based on an unproduced screenplay of late French genius, Jacque Tati, and is the story of a stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by a new breed of entertainer. The entertainer meets a fan after taking increasingly obscure gigs in theaters, and his life is changed forever.

The video features no English, but is beyond worth your time. We have had a few glimpses at still photos from the project, but this is our first true look at the fluid and stunningly beautiful animation which is a staple of Chomet’s. The footage looks beyond fantastic, and personally, Chomet made one of the greatest animated films I’ve ever seen, TRIPLETS, so anything this man does will be anticipated by yours truly.

Check out the video after the jump, and also embedded is the first part of a short film that Chomet directed in 1998, entitled LA VIELLE DAME ET LES PIGEONS. It’s fantastic, and I recommend you check out the remaining two parts, as they are available online.

Enjoy, and leave your comments below!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3xCjPmaTfY[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srODm62kBAw[/youtube]

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