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Death Rite (1976)

Les magiciens (original title)
While traveling to a resort in Tunisia, the magician and clairvoyant Professor Vestar befriends the idle millionaire Edouard Vangard and he offers a ride in his car. Vestar discloses to ... See full summary »

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While traveling to a resort in Tunisia, the magician and clairvoyant Professor Vestar befriends the idle millionaire Edouard Vangard and he offers a ride in his car. Vestar discloses to Edouard that he had had a premonition of a woman being murdered in a desert area. Meanwhile, the Tunisian architect and engineer Sadry Fahres has relationship problems with his spoiled wife Sylvia, who refuses to visit her mother-in-law that is terminal. Sadry meets his former mistress Martine and she travels with him to visit his mother, rekindling their passion. Edouard observers the behavior of the trio of lover and decides to help the vision of Professor Vestar to come true, intriguing each one of them to force the murder. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This would be the final collaboration between director Claude Chabrol and screenwriter Paul Gégauff, their frequent partnership had began with Les Cousins (1959). After Death Rite (1976), Chabrol would go on to make his following films without Gégauff's involvement. Gégauff would go on to write several more films before his sudden death in 1983. See more »

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Nothing magic
29 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

After "les noces rouges" (1973) , Chabrol's second period of barren inspiration began.Although adapted from a Frederic Dard novel (Robert Hossein's best film was a Dard novel: "Toi le Venin" ),"Les Magiciens " is a mediocre movie ,which was probably made to combine business with pleasure ( holidays in Tunisia in a luxury hotel).

The plot: a conjurer explains to an idle dandy,Edouard, that he can predict a murder.Edouard will help make his prediction come true. The cast includes Jean Rochefort -a non chabrolesque actor- ,Gert "Goldfinger " Froebe,one of the few foreign actors which Chabrol did not have to dub in French ,and one of Bertolucci's favorites ,Stefania Sandrelli.That does not make a film for all that.


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