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History Channel's "Houdini," Starring Adrien Brody, Is a Cheap Parlor Trick (A Review)

Making magic compelling on-screen is a really difficult trick.

Sorry magicians, its not that youre uninterestingits that what you do is just really hard to dramatize. Trickssorry, illusionsare effective when they have a proper setup and a willing audience thats looking to be hoodwinked (not unlike a TV audience). But magic really only works when the audience is experiencing it in, if not real life, at least real time. Otherwise, how can we wonder if the trick will be successful, and when it is, feel compelled to make an effort to puzzle out what happened? In movies or TV, theres an additional layer of artifice between the viewer and the magician that replaces the mystery of magic with the mystery of post-production. Illusionist as a profession, like most careers, generally cant sustain narrative entertainment by itselfthe characters have to be compelling, have to make us care about the magic. And at the very least, there should be at least a dash of uncertainty; something that can be paid off in the same way The Prestige resolves the workings of its seemingly impossible dual Transported Man feats.

Unfortunately, tonight's History Channel two-part miniseries Houdini, written by Nicholas Meyer and starring Academy Award winnerAdrienBrody as Harry Houdini, fails to deliver on every one of these counts. The miniseries purports to tell Houdinis story, but what it really portrays is a series of spectacles, each emptier than the next. Its narrative moves through each of Houdinis new tricks, from escaping from a water tank to jumping off a bridge to spying on Kaiser Wilhelm and debunking mediums, while jumping around in time for no reason in an unintentional parody of TV period pieces. Uninterested in the parts that arent cool, the miniseries meanders through some of the drudgery of Houdinis work, his family, and his marriage to Bess (an underserved and underperforming Kristen Connolly), rendering an American folk hero in blocky CGI.


As played by Brody, Houdini is a singularly driven prick who gets by because history dictates that he has to. The writers put cardboard obstacles in his path and tell us how great he is instead of actually proving it. Brody should be a great casting choice (he used to be a magician), but when his Houdini isnt not smarmily winking at things that havent happened to him yet (like offhandedly asking his future engineer to make an elephant disappear, years before the actual event) or being upset that not enough people love him as much as he wants them too, hes just drifting from one feat to the next. These do increase in grandeurHoudini even becomes a spy for the British and Americans amid the buildup to World War Ithough its at best unclear whether or not the historical Houdini actually committed espionage. If hedid, it almost certainly wasnt as pulpy as an embassy heist. That doesnt matter. For the purposes of Houdini,the man born Erik Weisz is a superhero whose powers involve the clever use of lock picks.


The series many capers, do, to some extent, resemble superpowers. Many of the best scenes find Houdini and his assistant Jim Collins (Evan Jones) displaying new magical feats, particularly a well drawn-out disappearing trick. Uli Edels direction is excited, trying to communicate how remarkable it would be to actually see these feats performed, but in practice these sequences gain most of their effectiveness from mildly disorienting the viewer. And, like the rest of Houdinis act, its a cheap parlor trick. For some reason, the miniseries takes great pains to reveal how all of the escapes were accomplished. Some of these are legitimately clever and fun to watch like minor heist films, like Houdini making a church bell ring at a distance. But when everything from keeping lock picks in his callouses or Bess slipping him a key in a kiss is played as a triumph of human ingenuity, they come across as hollow wins. They pull the wool over the eyes of cartoonishly simple marks while cynically letting the viewer feel superior in a way that does less to actually reward intelligence than The Newsroom.


This sense of pandering is exemplified by the miniseries greatest sin, its atrocious voiceover narration. Removing all editorial distance between Houdini and its version of Houdini, not only is the voiceover horrendously overwritten and condescending (Houdini explains what a straitjacket is), it also asks us to completely accept the magicians account of his own life without trusting us to think for ourselves. Choice phrases from just the first five minutes include: An ordinary life shackles us, I dont escape life. I escape death, and the immortal The one thing I cant escape from is me. These terrible turns of phrase are the show and Houdini striving to convey a greater meaning. But for this idealized Houdini to work as a superhero though, he has to also overcome some real obstacles instead of just kind of being a dick for most of the miniseries and spewing cliches. Brodys Houdini isnt a superhero, or if he is, its only in his own mind. In reality, hes Don Draper with a slightly more tangible magic act and worse pitches.


Theres something vaguely admirable about Houdinis shapelessnessnot even lives as distinctive as Houdinis really adhere to things like plot arcs. But for such a shaggy, low-key approach to make sense, a work has to focus on smaller moments, on actually representing the rhythms of life as well as its contents. And Houdini, like its inspiration, is all about the big moment. An early life painted in the broadest possible strokes (Houdinis mother is a supportive saint, his father a withholding alien nothing rabbi), a love at first sight that doesnt go anywhere after that first sight, and even Houdinis frustration with the death of vaudeville could all work if the spectacles were blended together with any sense of artfulness. They function as if to argue that there are only a few moments worth remembering even in such a great life. There are a handful of sweeter moments, mostly between Harry and Bess, but Houdini uses them as connective tissue between tricks. Harry conquers everything right up until he gets caught in the one, inescapable trap (spoiler alert: its death).


Houdinis many flaws are especially disappointing because the life it depicts really is interesting enough to sustain a four-hour miniseries. A souped-up, superspy Houdini is just the least interesting way of tackling Houdinis real life, which Houdini is at best casually interested in. That biography has far more interesting detailsfor example, that Houdini rarely slept more than four hours in a night, believing it to be unnecessary, or the full extent of his relationship with his brother Dash (Tom Benedict Knight, who is barely given time to make an impression). Some of these details could have been drawn from Houdini: A Mind In Chains, the book the miniseries is based on (by Meyers own father). The stronger second part is buoyed by Houdinis crusade against spiritualism in the wake of his mothers death, a story powerful enough that its difficult to screw up. But Houdini still manages to overly explain an enigma, leaving little to the imagination while hiding the nuance that would make for a compelling character study.


Early in the miniseries, one of Houdinis mentors tells him that Magicians are liars, but Meyer and Brody buy into the hype. They try to make Houdinis magic itself powerful on-screen, and chain themselves in the process.

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Adrien Brody
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New York City, U.S.EducationFiorello H. LaGuardia High SchoolAlmamaterQueens CollegeOccupationActor, producerYearsactive1988presentParent(s)Sylvia Plachy (mother)

Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor and producer. He received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age twenty-nine, making him the youngest actor to win in that category. Brody is also the only male American actor to receive the Cesar Award for Best Actor.

Other successful films that Brody has starred in are The Thin Red Line (1998), The Village (2004), King Kong (2005), and Predators (2010). He is a frequent collaborator of Wes Anderson's, having starred in three of Anderson's films, The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).

In 2017, he appeared in the fourth series of the BBC historical drama Peaky Blinders.

Early life

Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York City, New York, the son of Sylvia Plachy, a photographer, and Elliot Brody, a retired history professor and painter.[1] Brody's father is of Polish Jewish descent;[2][3][4] Brody's mother, who was raised as a Catholic, was born in Budapest, Hungary, and is the daughter of a Catholic Hungarian aristocrat father and a Czech Jewish mother.[5][6][7] Brody was raised "without a strong connection" to Judaism or Catholicism.[8]

As a child, Brody performed magic shows at children's birthday parties as "The Amazing Adrien".[9] He attended I.S. 227 Louis Armstrong Middle School and New York's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. His parents enrolled him in acting classes to distance him from the dangerous children with whom he associated.[10] He attended summer camp at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.[11] Brody attended Stony Brook University before transferring to Queens College for a semester.


Brody at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival

Taking acting classes as a child, by age thirteen, he appeared in an Off-Broadway play and a PBS television film.[12] After appearing in Bullet in 1996 with Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rourke, Brody hovered on the brink of stardom, receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his role in the 1998 film Restaurant, and later praise for his roles in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.[13] He received widespread recognition when he was cast as the lead in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002). To prepare for the role, Brody withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and his car, broke up with his then-girlfriend,[12] learned how to play Chopin on the piano, and lost twenty-nine lbs (13kg). The role won him an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him, at age twenty nine, the youngest actor ever to win the award, and to date the only winner under the age of thirty. He also won a Cesar Award for his performance.

Brody appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2003, his first TV work, during which, he controversially gives an improvised introduction, while wearing faux dreadlocks and a jamaican accent for Jamaican reggae musical guest Sean Paul (without Lorne Michaels permission), causing him to be banned. Other TV appearances include NBC's The Today Show, and on MTV's Punk'd after being tricked by Ashton Kutcher.

After The Pianist, Brody appeared in four very different films. In Dummy (released in 2003, but originally shot in 2000, just prior to his work in The Pianist), he portrayed Steven Schoichet, a socially awkward aspiring ventriloquist in pursuit of a love interest (his employment counsellor). He learned ventriloquism and puppetry for the role (under the tutelage of actor/ventriloquist Alan Semok) convincingly enough to perform all of the voice stunts and puppet manipulation live on set in real time, with no subsequent post dubbing. He played Noah Percy, a mentally disabled young man, in the film The Village, by M. Night Shyamalan, shell-shocked war veteran Jack Starks in The Jacket, writer Jack Driscoll in the 2005 King Kong remake, and father-to-be Peter Whitman in The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson. King Kong was both a critical and box office success - it grossed $550 million worldwide, and is Brody's most successful film to date in monetary terms. He also voiced Jack Driscoll in the video game adaptation. Additionally, Brody played a detective in Hollywoodland. He has also appeared in Diet Coke and Schweppes commercials, as well as Tori Amos' music video for "A Sorta Fairytale".[14]

On January 5, 2006, Brody confirmed speculation that he was interested in playing the role of The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight. However, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. decided instead to cast Heath Ledger in the role.[15] He was also in talks with Paramount to play Spock in J. J. Abrams Star Trek XI, but it ultimately went to Zachary Quinto.[16][17] In 2009, he starred in Splice, a science fiction film written and directed by Vincenzo Natali. Originally a Sundance film, Splice was adopted by Dark Castle Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. In 2010, he played the star role of Royce in Predators (a sequel to the original Predator), directed by Nimrod Antal and produced by Robert Rodriguez.[18]

Brody at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

In 2011, Brody starred in a Stella Artois beer ad called "Crying Jean" that premiered right after half-time of the Super Bowl XLV as part of Stella's "She Is a Thing of Beauty" campaign. He appeared in Woody Allen's 2011 Academy Award-winning comedy Midnight in Paris as Salvador Dali.[19] On January 16, 2012, Brody made his debut as a runway model for Prada Men Fall/Winter 2012 show.[20]

In 2014, Brody collaborated again with Wes Anderson in the Academy Award-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel, where he played Dmitri. He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or in a Movie for portraying the titular character in Houdini, a History channel miniseries. The following year, he starred as Tiberius in the Chinese film Dragon Blade, which grossed $54.8 million in its opening week in China.

In 2017, it was announced he would join the cast of the fourth season of the BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders.[21]

On August 4, 2017, he received the Leopard Club Award at the Locarno Festival. The Leopard Club Award pays homage to a major film personality whose work has made a lasting impact on the collective imagination.

Personal life

In 1992, Brody was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident in which he flew over a car and crashed head-first into a crosswalk.[22] He spent months recuperating. He has broken his nose three times doing stunts; the most recent was during the filming of Summer of Sam.[23]

He dated Michelle Dupont, a music industry personal assistant, from 2003 to 2006. She was his date to the 2003 Oscars.

Brody began dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in 2006. For Pataky's 31st birthday in July 2007, Brody purchased her a 19th-century farm in Central New York state that was remodeled to look like a castle. Brody and Pataky were featured at their New York home in a 35-page spread for HELLO! magazine in October 2008.[24] The pair broke up in 2009.[25]

In 2010, Brody sued the Giallo filmmakers, alleging that they failed to pay his full salary.[26]



Year Title Role Notes 1989 New York Stories Mel 1991 The Boy Who Cried Bitch Eddie 1993 King of the Hill Lester Silverstone 1994 Angels in the Outfield Danny Hemmerling 1996 Ten Benny Ray Diglovanni 1996 Bullet Ruby Stein 1996 Solo Dr. Bill Stewart 1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Ben 1997 The Undertaker's Wedding Mario Bellini 1997 Six Ways to Sunday Arnie Finklestein 1998 Restaurant Chris Calloway Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead 1998 The Thin Red Line Cpl. Geoffrey Fife 1999 Summer of Sam Richie Tringale 1999 Oxygen Harry Houdini 1999 Liberty Heights Van Kurtzman 2000 Bread and Roses Sam Shapiro 2001 Harrison's Flowers Kyle Morris 2001 Love the Hard Way Jack Grace 2001 The Affair of the Necklace Count Nicolas De La Motte 2002 Dummy Steven Schoichet 2002 The Pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman Academy Award for Best Actor
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Cesar Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - DallasFort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated - European Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Polish Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Russian Guild of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor 2003 The Singing Detective First Hood 2004 The Village Noah Percy 2005 The Jacket Jack Starks 2005 King Kong Jack Driscoll 2006 Hollywoodland Louis Simo Also additional cinematographer 2007 The Tehuacan Project Narrator Documentary 2007 The Darjeeling Limited Peter Whitman 2008 Manolete Manuel "Manolete" Laureano Rodriguez Sanchez 2008 The Brothers Bloom Bloom 2008 Cadillac Records Leonard Chess Black Reel Award for Outstanding Ensemble 2009 Giallo Inspector Enzo Lavia Also producer 2009 Splice Clive Nicoli 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Rickity Voice 2010 High School Edward "Psycho Ed" Highbaugh 2010 Predators Royce 2010 The Experiment Travis Cacksmackberg 2011 Wrecked Man Also executive producer 2011 Detachment Henry Barthes Also executive producer 2011 Midnight in Paris Salvador Dali Nominated - Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated - San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture 2012 Back to 1942 Theodore White 2013 Inappropriate Comedy Flirty Harry Also wrote additional dialogue 2013 Third Person Scott Lowry 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Dmitri Desgoffe und Taxis Nominated - Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture 2014 American Heist Frankie Kelly Also executive producer 2015 Dragon Blade Tiberius 2015 Stone Barn Castle N/A Documentary; director, producer and composer 2015 Backtrack Peter Bower 2015 Septembers of Shiraz Isaac Amin Also executive producer 2016 Manhattan Night Porter Wren Also producer 2017 Bullet Head Stacy 2018 Air Strike Steve TBA Emperor Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor Post-production TBA El Tonto Post-production TBA The French Dispatch Post-production


Year Title Role Notes 1988 Home at Last Billy Television film 1988 Annie McGuire Lenny McGuire Episode: "Annie and the Brooklyn Bridge" 1994 Rebel Highway Skinny Episode: "Jailbreakers" 1996 Bullet Hearts Chuckie Bragg Pilot 1999 Split Screen Harry Episode: "Waiting for Star Wars" 2003 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Adrien Brody/Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder" 2014 Houdini Harry Houdini 2 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie 2015 Breakthrough Narrator Episode: "Decoding the Brain"[27][28] 2016 Dice Himself Episode: "Ego" 2017 Peaky Blinders Luca Changretta 6 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes 2005 Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Jack Driscoll (voice) Spike Video Game Award for Best Cast

Music videos

Year Title Role 2006 Fade to Red Tori's lover 2010 Brodyquest Himself


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Watch: Houdini Miniseries Trailer Starring Adrien Brody
August 10, 2014 3:27PM PT

Nearly 90 years after Harry Houdinis death, the fascination for the legendary illusionist and escape artist still lingers, hence a two-part miniseries on History simply titled Houdini, for which a trailer recently appeared on the web.

Adrien Brody will star as the titular showman, along with House of Cards' Kristen Connolly as his wife Bess. It will focus on Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters important figures from his time.

The miniseries also stars Tom Benedict Knight and Eszter Onodi. Its written by Nicholas Meyer and directed by Uli Edel. Lionsgate Television and A&E Television Networks produce.

Part 1 of Houdini will air on History Sept. 1, with the second part airing Sept. 2.

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