Monday, 1 November 2010


a film by Sylvain Chomet

I find it ridiculous, if not criminal, that however good, bad or downward horrible any Disney/Pixar/DreamWorks production may be, it is invariably screened everywhere while our own masterpiece, The Illusionist (made in Edinburgh!) was shown only in 42 cinemas in the UK. Luckily, we’ve got it in Saffron Screen for two nights only — so if you missed it, you still have tonight to fix that!

Based on an unproduced script by great Jacques Tati (note the protagonist’s name, Tatischeff), this beautiful animation takes us on nostalgic journey through 1950s Britain: London, Scottish islands, Edinburgh... Absolutely marvellous. My favourite characters are carnivorous rabbit and a perpetually inebriated Scotsman. Also, look out for the guest appearance of the mechanic from Les Triplettes de Belleville.

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