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The Magus (1968)

A teacher on a Greek island becomes involved in bizarre mind-games with the island's magus (magician) and a beautiful young woman.

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Meli
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Anton
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Kapetan
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Andreas-Priest
Danièle Noël ...
Soula (as Danielle Noel)
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'False' German Officer
Ethel Farrugia ...
Maria
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Goatherd (as Andreas Melandrinos)
George Kafkaris ...
Second Partisan
Anthony Newlands ...
Party Host
Stack Constantino ...
Third Partisan
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Storyline

An English teacher arrives on a sleepy Greek island to take up a vacant teaching post. The last man to hold the post committed suicide under mysterious circumstances. Slowly but surely, he is drawn into a bizarre game engineered by a reclusive local magician. The deeper into the game he is drawn, the more he senses danger... yet cannot seem to untangle himself from the fascinating and compelling influence that the game is having on his mind. Written by Jonathon Dabell <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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What is the Magus Game? The game is love. The game is lust. the vicious game is life itself...Or is it death?

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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10 December 1968 (USA)  »

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Büyücü  »

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Though the film is set in Greece, the majority of it was filmed in Majorca, Spain. See more »

Goofs

In the rented room where the English professor will live while to continue the teaching work of his predecessor in the "Greek" island, there is a rather conspicuous historical XIX century Spanish painting by José Casado del Alisal which represents the first defeat of Napoleon's armies in Spain, in the city of Bailén, where Marechal Philippe Antoine Dupont de l'Estang surrendered to inexperienced Spanish General Castaños on 19 July 1808. Not quite a Hellenic topic, really. See more »

Quotes

Maurice Conchis: [to Nicholas] Now, I will show you something. The ultimate reality. Not the hammer and sickle, not the stars and stripes, not lysergic acid, not the sun, not gold, not yin and yang. But
[reveals smile statue]
Maurice Conchis: The Smile.
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Great film! Like a Zen Koan
28 October 2000 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. I remember seeing it on the big screen when it first came out and how heightened my state of awareness was on leaving the theater. I've read other professional reviews other than the one by Leonard Maltin that thought it was excellent. For those who find it confusing, perhaps you've missed the whole point of the film itself which seeks to push you to a state of awareness beyond your rational thinking mind. Like a zen koan. Do you remember the lines that Nicholas reads from the book he finds which are from T.S. Eliot's "Little Gidding"?

"We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time."

Does anyone know where I could get a video tape of this fine film or where I could rent it?

P.S. The film "The Game" which failed miserably in it's attempt to rip off the premise of this film is horrible.


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