Douglas’ ‘Illusion’ canceled by storm

Dec 27, 2012
Kirk Douglas filmed “Illusion” at age 88.

Rockland — The 2004 film “Illusion” will not be screened Thursday, Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., due to the winter storm. The film likely will be rescheduled.

Celebrated actor Kirk Douglas never expected to still be acting at the age of 88, especially after suffering a debilitating stroke, until he found Michael Goorjian’s script. The award-winning “Illusion” tells the story of Donald Baines, a successful Hollywood director nearing death whose life was filled with fame and riches but devoid of love. Haunted by the memory of the son he abandoned and never knew, he is given the opportunity to see three views of his son's journey, each representing a different period in his life. Donald bears witness to the impact that his absence had in son’s life and in his inability to find love. Ultimately he is offered the opportunity to change his son's life in this haunting yet beautiful tale of love and redemption.

Writer and director Goorjian, who also plays Douglas’ son in the film, literally bet the farm to make “Illusion,” saying "I was, as they say in poker, all in. I spent all of my money, that of my friends and family, and maxed out every credit card I could get my hands on to make this film." His compelling script, combined with Douglas’ star power and entrancing performance, make “Illusion” a movie that appeals to people from all walks of life.

Douglas said that working on it gave him a real-life experience of redemption. He has appeared in 87 films and announced that “Illusion” would be his last.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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