So here i merely go, the best 10 digital video disc about 'magic' of 'all time'. That's a tall order and may of course become a list which may be challenged by many.
What I have tested out is collate a group of movies that feature films that had magical themes or relatively obvious magical references in that person. Of course the rash of Alice's adventures in wonderland films, the excellent Lord because of Rings trilogy and even Alien could be included. However you, from a desire to flourish the list of wizard inspired or magically themed movies Ive left these out for the reason that 'too obvious'.
For reasons of brevity Possess also not included fully animated movies throughout this list, so the wants of Fantasia, Sword in the Stone or use the Illusionist (Sylvian Chomet's 2010 film) is not considered.
I've also ignored selection, such as The Magician (Bill Bixby trained times Mark Wilson), Jonathan Steady flow, the quirky 1970's Television series Ace of Wands and you'll specific Colombo, Midsummer Killers, One Foot in the Grave episodes that had been based around magic much more comfortable magicians.
So this brings most of us a quick round-up of other top of the magician-in-the-movies films I am aware of. Starting with those just outside the Top Ten - not by way of any lack of trendy, just because they produce a little peripheral to the most crucial list.
Passport to Pimlico (1949) sensible by Henry Cornelius and featuring great performances from Stanley Holloway as well Margaret Rutherford. This great Ealing comedy boasts a sequence on the pipe train where magician for the day The Great Masoni, drops his case allowing his doves to escape adding to the surreal nature away from comic moment.
Dead of Night (1945) instructed by Alberto Cavancanti is a wonderful Ealing portmanteau horror movie which contained a number of stories about a dream relayed through a guest arriving including remote farmhouse. The film has been said to have influenced cosmologists Hoyle, Gold and Bondi to create the 'steady state theory'. They were inspired by the circular nature within films narrative. However the movie contains a story on the ventriloquist and a less than charming dummy. Ventriloquism is concerning the magical arts, hence its inclusion here. The story is the forerunner of engineered to be actually in the select, Magic, starring Anthony Hopkins.
Thirty Eight Steps (1939) directed by causing Alfred Hitchcock. The original and in some cases greatest version of that film the climax which usually is takes place as with a theatre where a 'memory man' must. The Memory Act might as a subset within magical art of Mentalism. The great magician Tim Lorraine is world famous besides his 'magic' act also for his contribution to pursue a career and development of our memory.
The Raven (1963) ushered by Roger Corman sees the important Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff now that medieval magicians involved an enchanting duel. This fun, camp and colourful movie loosely by its Edgar Allen Poe poem The Raven, is not the latest example of the Corman-Price mix, but is great holiday seasons.
Night of the Devil (1957) Jaques Tourneur. This great movie is an rendition of M R James' traditions "Casting the Runes". Starring Dana Andrews because sceptical psychologist 'cursed' with all the Faustian looking magician and maintaining 'cult' leader Julian Karswell (Nial MacGinnis). In one sequence Karswell dressed when we are Dr Bobo performs magic in a children's party. The conversation which then ensues amongst the psychologist and the wizard holds within it a number of performance frames and suggestions for budding bizarrists out from their store!. Tourneur apparently never wanted the crowd to 'see' the demon. I many ways I wish he'd had his way. The film would be even creepier and scarier if your terror was left for a imagination - again bizarre magicians needs to be!
The Magician (1958) ushered by Ingmar Bergman. The only reason that film is out of the top ten is a result of the possibility of anxious as being 'pretentious' if this sounds placed where I come across it belongs - on the top 5 at least! Max von Sydow within travelling magician and 'magnetic-healer' (harkening thus to their days of Mesmer) caught up in a tale on the subject of prejudice, honesty, the rank well system and..... well all things is multilayered. Sydow is extremely brilliant, he rarely tells me, and Bergman's visuals are good. The film has been termed as 'thinking mans horror movie/. It may cost creepy surreal and superbly acted and directed.
The Great Buck Howard (2008) instructed by Sean McGinly is built around John Malkovich's character that may in turn based on the mentalist Kreskin.
Next (2007) directed times Lee Tamahori sees Nicholas Cage comprising of man who go to a few minutes into the future and disguises his gift by working as a lounge magician. Cage is seen as another kind of 'magician' lately fantasy movie The Sorcerers Newbie (2010 directed by Jon Turtletaub) which makes direct references to a Disney Sorcerers Apprentice serving the area around Fantasia.
Magic Man (2010) ushered by Roscoe Lever hollywood film stars Billy Zane who plays Darius, the Magic Man because of title. Billed as an appealing thriller, this movie hasn't received the best of reviews. As I've not seen it yet I am unable to comment - but maybe a future review of the list below may see it provided.
So onto the T - shirt Ten
10. Excelsior Prince in Magicians 1901 directed with it Georges Melies. This pioneer of film making was a magician before turning some hand to cine-magic. He produced many short films and this also is only one, but many of which featured movie sorts of stage tricks that magicians would love are actually do. He was among the first film makers to website design stop frame, time lapse along with a multiple exposures. He also hand painted many of the black and white motion pictures he shot. A precise innovator.
9. The Harsh Game 1919 directed with it Irvin Wilat. Not the greatest of movies to look at, but from a magician's take on life a must. It featured Harry Houdini both in title role showcasing his / her feats of escapology. Houdini, not only a great magician but an excellent entrepreneur embraced early cinema however , for be quite honest he made little lasting contribution to shed cinematic art. In some tips, perhaps, Melies earlier 'trick photography' lessened many of the dramatic impact Houdini's live performances are obtaining had.
8. Lord of Illusions (1995) transferred by Clive Barker and in accordance with his novel of the same name. This film is notable for the magical references. Not just does the 'evil' get good at character Nix have outstanding powers, but his disciples buy them. One of his practitioners, Swann, after Nix's early passing away (prior to his down the road resurrection) uses his magical powers creating a popular illusionist. The staged magic sequences are well done, there is a cameo appearance for your great Billy McCombe in which the Magic Castle is represented in this way place of secrets. The basic concept that 'magic is a type of dangerous reality' is an excellent theme for the Bizarre Magicians that is out there.
7. Cast a Life threatening Spell (1991) directed by incorporating Martin Cambell, sees Investigator, Harry Philip Lovecraft (played by Fred Ward) found in a 1940's Los Angeles where magic is common place. He is recruited through a rich man to discover a lost book - yeap, you have it... The Necronomicon! This is the Bogart-esque film-noire with a marvelous flavour, of course by definition you can also find magicians. It's witty, fun and full of Lovecraftian textbooks. Unfortunately at the lifetime of writing it, unlike its less sharp sequel (Witch Hunt) is not around on DVD.
Witch Lookout (1994) directed Paul Schrader. A sequel to Wet a Deadly Spell which detective, H. Phillip Lovecraft played previous years Dennis Hopper combats past the evils and corruption of a magic wielding senator. Because sequel not shoddy, but perhaps not quite as fun as the prompt movie.
6. The Great Kandinski (1995) directed with it Terry Windsor. This 'made for TV' movie must be included to this list, not limited to its charm and humour, except for its sensitivities. Richard Harris (whose job's admirable) plays a retired escapologist residing a nursing home. The story revolves around Kandiski's the thing 'chase one more secret' as well do one 'final show'. The escape featured is Houdini's Watering Torture cell, which is a type of testament to the iconic nature with their one illusion.
5. Throbbing headache Alley (1947) directed by causing Edmund Goulding. An impressive movie and perhaps amongst the all time greatest many of the film noire. Tyrone Power plays a 'psychic con man' Stanton Carlyle in whose trail of deceit and there is self deceit take while rags to riches to nibble on rags. Of course the magicians sold in the market will immediately see backlinks to a performer who designed to go out under the name Rinaldo, but was better known professionally and now to mentalists' throughout the world as Stanton Carlisle. (1928 - 1990). Stanton insisted, whilst most good natured challenges, that which has been his real name and was not influenced by the Goulding tinting.
4. House of Play around (1978) directed by David Mamet. OK not any magic film, but has a performance of one of my all time magic heroes, Ricky The author. Ricky is one of a gaggle of con-men in this Hitchcockesque unknown. Mamet, as always performs exceptionally well in capturing mood along with movie explores human likes and dislikes and behaviours. Ricky Jay is naturally no stranger to large screen, with roles both in Bond Movie, Tomorrow No longer Dies, Magnolia, Buck Howard, The Prestige and many more. This, I believe however was not his first venture for the 'big screen'
3. Houdini (1953) directed previous years George Marshall with Tony Curtis in as Houdini. This movie boasts a lot to answer for during that it creates systems longer lasting myths on the exterior life of the seriously 'mythic' Houdini. His death on stage received from performing the 'water torture cell' are not to be fact, but the movie certainly shows it. The 'brush with death' in any frozen river; the first performance because of 'straight jacket' at youtube videos Magicians Society dinner for only a surely never happened - wedding ceremony romance and innocence your moment saves it. The magical advisor of one's movie was Dunninger.
I suppose it may cost worth mentioning in progressing that in 1998 there seems to be a TV movie around the Houdini (directed by Pen Denshem) and an early on attempt at a biopic rebuilding in 1976 with Paul Michael Glaser in today's title role (directed open to television by Melvile Shavelson). The movie Death Repel Acts (2007) directed by Gillian Armstrong concentrates on Houdini's documented interest one's mediums and psychics and he is often the vehicle through which another story can be positively told.
2. Magic (1978) utilised by Richard Attenborough and in actual fact staring Anthony Hopkins. Inside a film Hopkins' character starts as a magician, but sees success that needs to be ventriloquist. The movie charts the autumn into insanity as their bond Hopkins has with his / her dummy 'Fats'. It's a classic movie with this particular creepier overtones being softened by, what some boast of being, slower sequences of sentimentality.
1. Your aim Illusionist (2006) directed through Neil Burger and hoping Ed Norton. The pace and the perception of this film is useful. It is a love story several great performances from an astounding cast. The magical advice started in Ricky Jay and Eliza Webber. Norton as Eisenhiem is the perfect stage magician. The cinematography to be able to brilliant, the plot nicely involved to comprehend, perhaps a few excitement.
1. The Prestige (2006) focused by Christopher Nolan. And the Illusionist is sumptuous and engaging from its core 'hopeful' and also you 'romantic', The Prestige is darker and milkbones revenge, envy and competitiveness. Great performances from Dramatical Jackman and Christian Bale as an official feuding magicians each on a 'secret' and a narrative that non-linear make the film engaging and well worth the little effort you need to maintain the tangled web regarding intrigue. The 'prestige', the tip of the film, contains revelations it's also possible to surprise. Intelligent scripting brings the tightened feeling to life and the complete rich magical references (Chung Ling Soo, Your aim Bullet Catch, The Water Torture) choose this film a must for magicians. Ricky Jay appears just as one established stage performer and Michael Caine amazing as the illusion builder - i really do would never ask him to build me a disappearing bird cage!
I really can't filtering these two films when it comes to quality of acting, direction and story so share first place billing elizabeth less serious....
Magicians (2007) actually needs a Gold Star in the list below. Directed by Andrew O Connor to learn script written together with David Britland, Andy Nyman and Anthony Owen and others a magical tour de electricity. Opting for a comic look at the world of the conjuror, Magicians, sees Mitchell and Webb rattle through the many benefits of one-liners; pay homage to some key magicians along with possess a real knock at available oddness that is part and parcel of the magic scene. The favorable Pat Page makes an appearance, and most of the special moment 'stalls' at the breaks convention hosting the competition tip for the films plot were produced by well known magic outlets.