We decided to indulge in some magic for Valentine’s Day and saw Houdini from 1953 with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, The Prestige from director Christopher Nolan, and The Illusionist based on a Steve Millhauser story.

Houdini is a straightforward biopic of the magician, his trials and triumphs. I love Technicolor and the fanciful costuming. A good dependable film for all ages.

The Prestige is a much darker, more complex story with a distinctly SFnal end. Very interesting and well done, but a bit of a downer. I didn’t feel that the right person won at the end.

The Illusionist is the clear winner of the evening, gorgeously filmed in Prague, with a complex plot, a compelling romance, many dark moments, but intriguing and provocative. Edward Norton was born for the part; he loves to play characters who get up on a theatrical stage and/or act in some capacity. Recommended.

So there you have it, my friends. If you only have time for one great stage magic film, go with The Illusionist. Time is precious!

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