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1 Eisenheim The Illusionist Prof. Myrna Monllor Jiménez English 124

2 Sepia toned Grainy film texture Imitates turn of the century films Initially looks as if the audience is looking through a lens

3 Historical Background Harry Houdini Born in Hungary Jewish Took his name from Robert Houdin, a French magician Accused of fraud by the police when he visited Germany known as an escape artist Exposed spiritualists

4 Houdini’s Spirits

5 Vienna at the turn of the 20th century a hotbed of radical politics and a crucible of intellectual and artistic change. widespread discontent, a crumbling moral order and myriad cracks in the coherence of empire city of Mahler, Freud, Klimt, Wagner

6 Quotes from the story “It was the age of levitations and decapitations, of ghostly apparitions and sudden vanishings, as if the tottering empire, were revealing through the medium of its magicians its secret desire for annihilation”

7 “Stories, like conjuring tricks, are invented because history is inadequate to our dreams…” “ All agreed that it was a sign of the times; And as precise memories faded, and the everyday world of coffee cups, doctor’s visits, and war rumors returned, a secret relief penetrated the souls of the faithful, who knew that the Master had passed safely out of the crumbling order of history into the indestructible realm of mystery and dream.”

8 Central Conflicts of the Story Political turmoil in Vienna Spiritualism and illusionists

9 Narrator Story 3rd person narrator Reporting/Facts Film Omniscient narrator Inspector Uhl

10 Plot Development/Structure Story Historical Background Eisenheim’s story told in chronological order Eisenheim’s disappearance without any explanation

11 Plot development film Eisenheim at the theatre (in media res) Inspector Uhl’s telling of the story in flashback, which ends with Eisenheim at the theatre Inspector Uhl solves the puzzle Coda/the lover’s reunite

12 Central Conflicts in the film Eisenheim’s love for Sophie Eisenheim’s battle against the government through Uhl and Leopold

13 Characterization Story Eisenheim Self-absorbed Competitive Loner Seems to have preferred becoming an illusion himself Uhl Very minor character Does not have any significance within the story

14 Eisenheim’s description “Eisenheim was a man of medium height, with broad shoulders and large, long-fingered hands. His most striking feature was his powerful head: the black intense eyes in the austerely pale face, the broad black beard, the thrusting forehead with receding hairline, all lent an appearance of unusual mental force. The newspaper accounts mention a minor trait that must have been highly effective: when he leaned his head forward, in intense concentration, there appeared over his right eyebrow a large vein shaped like and inverted Y. “

15 Antagonists in the story “Benedetti, whose real name was Paul Henri Cortot, of Lyon, was a master illusionist of extraordinary smoothness and skill; his mistake was to challenge Eisenheim by presenting imitations of original Eisenheim illusions.” “Benedetti stepped into a black cabinet and was never seen again.”

16 “ Passaeur took the city by storm; and for the first time there was talk that Eisenheim had met his match, perhaps even…his master.” “ Passaeur’s final performance was one of frightening brilliance…Suddenly he burst into a demonic laugh, and reaching up to his face he tore off a rubber mask and revealed himself to be Eisenheim.”

17 Characterization Film Eisenheim Blurs the distinction between illusion and reality by “crossing boundaries”. “exercises power” through people’s credulity The hero

18 Inspector Uhl The antagonist basically a moral character forced by circumstances to act against his principles empathizes with Eisenheim is Eisenheim’s equal analytic

19 Sophie The love interest willing to risk anything for love believes in Eisenheim unconditionally his equal in intelligence

20 Prince Leopold A fictional Crown Prince based on Prince Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria The Mayerling Incident (Marie Vetsera)

21 Prince Leopold The villain “It’s a trick, it’s an illusion.” “He tries to trick you, I try to enlighten you.” Analytic and scientific Despot Cowardly

22 Symbols The tree Butterflies Cards The Locket The Sword The Gems The playing card

23 “And you kept it all this time”

24 Symbols upside down butterfly

25 Mirrors

26 Excalibur Where does power come from?

27 Image of Entrapment

28 Endings

29 Suspension of disbelief How does Inspector Uhl know the intimate details of Eisenheim’s relationship with Sophie? How is it that Eisenheim’s picture falls exactly beside the emerald?

30 Building Suspense Beginning with the ending Sophie and Eisenheim not being able to disappear the first time

31 Sophie’s fake death Eisenheim’s tricks Clues the orange tree the locket the gems Eisenheim’s appearance at the end

32 Quotes “one day we will go away together, we’ll disappear” “ fate and chance, these are the forces of nature” “ the soul’s endurance beyond life” “Perhaps, I’ll make you disappear.”

33 Bibliography onist.php onist.php usionist.html usionist.html

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