USA | 2014 | 100 min | Director: Woody Allen | OV
In 1928, the famous English magician Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) wows his Berlin audience as a Chinese illusionist going by the name of Wei Ling Soo. Back in the dressing room, Stanley, who maintains a healthy sideline in debunking sham mystics of all sorts, is approached by his old friend and fellow magician Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney), who makes him an offer he can’t refuse: In the South of France, the wealthy Catledge family has fallen under the spell of the beautiful young American medium Sophie Baker (Emma Stone), who passes herself off as a clairvoyant. Soon, the son of the family, Brice (Hamish Linklater), serenades her with his ukulele, leaving his siblings concerned that he might propose marriage. Despite his best efforts, Howard has been unable to uncover the secrets behind her tricks and asks Stanley to help him prove she is a fraud. Will Sophie marry her fatuous suitor? Or will she intrigue the older man, who thinks that she’s a criminal?
With an introduction by Rolf Luchs
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