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The Illusionist
(2006)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Philip Glass

Conducted by:
Michael Riesman

Performed by:
The Czech Film Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
Kurt Munkacsi
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Rykodisc
(August 15th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are accustomed to Philip Glass' typical, classical repetitions and are intrigued by his expansion of instrumentation for this elegant, magical genre.

Avoid it... if the predictable structure of Glass' music, including his lack of strong thematic presence, overrides the strength of his perpetually fluid rhythms.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #732
WRITTEN 11/15/06
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The Illusionist: (Philip Glass) If you've already read the review for The Prestige, then some of the introduction you'll find below will be redundant, but given the films' similarities and proximity in release, much of the same discussion applies. Film scores, in a general sense, have often been referred to as "magical." Their effect on a motion picture can be as spine tingling, if not more so, than any or all of the other elements in the production. And yet, sadly, there have been precious few Hollywood films offered in the genre of historical magic, a seemingly perfect match for the kind of romantic orchestral enchantment many score collectors yearn to hear. Two films in the latter half of 2006 suddenly thrust the equation upon us, however, neither of which arriving with any guarantees from a widely popular industry composer. Both The Prestige and The Illusionist are enticing to film music fans because they provide an opportunity to hear a composer write a truly three-dimensional score, a work of wizardry to dazzle our ears with creative twists of intelligence and deception. Whereas the contrast between the genre's basic demands and the comfort zone of composer David Julyan would prove incompatible for The Prestige, the pairing of Philip Glass and The Illusionist would entice more legitimate curiosity. Glass has made a valiant attempt to bring his classical styles to Hollywood through the years, and perhaps no project has been as well suited to his writing as The Illusionist. A romantic tale of magic, mystery, and suspense in 19th Century Vienna, the film fared equally in critical enthusiasm as the more star-laden The Prestige, but did not immediately conjure up the same level of box office success. The first thing you have to do when analyzing Glass' work for this film is to forget about the massively disappointing work by Julyan for the other film, for by comparison, Glass' achievement for The Illusionist seems like brilliance. But the music of Philip Glass is not for everyone. Like Julyan, he utilizes highly repetitive movements, and there are certainly people who can never warm up to the fact that Glass resists the temptation to write a truly stirring, warm, and harmonious theme for a film.



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Alternate review of The Illusionist at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - December 10, 2006, at 5:13 p.m.
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Score and movie = better than "The Prestige"   Expand >>
Eric - November 30, 2006, at 12:06 a.m.
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Newest: November 30, 2006, at 1:28 p.m. by
Eric
Worked well in the film...
Amuro - November 20, 2006, at 3:42 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:22
• 1. The Illusionist (2:24)
• 2. Do You Know Me? (2:48)
• 3. Chance Encounter (3:23)
• 4. The Locket (2:54)
• 5. The Orange Tree (1:47)
• 6. The Mirror (1:27)
• 7. Wish I Would See You Again (1:26)
• 8. The Sword (0:36)
• 9. Meeting in the Carriage (1:09)
• 10. Sophie (2:50)
• 11. The Secret Plot (2:53)
• 12. Sophie's Ride to the Castle (2:05)
• 13. The Accident (1:30)
• 14. The New Theater (1:39)
• 15. Frankel Appears (3:26)
• 16. A Shout from the Crowd (2:02)
• 17. Eisenheim Disappears (2:07)
• 18. The Search (3:00)
• 19. The Missing Gem (3:03)
• 20. The Chase (4:11)
• 21. Life in the Mountains (4:31)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes an extensive note from writer/director Neil Burger about working with Philip Glass for this score.
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