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The Magician of Lublin (1979)

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Yasha Mazur
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Emilia
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Zeftel
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Elzbieta
Lou Jacobi ...
Wolsky
Warren Berlinger ...
Herman
Shaike Ophir ...
Schmul
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Halina
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Magda
Linda Bernstein ...
Esther
Zachi Noy ...
Bolek
Friedrich Schoenfelder ...
Count Zaruski
Ophelia Stral ...
Rytza
Buddy Elias ...
Pan Kuzarski
Yehuda Efroni ...
Mechl
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He brings audiences to their feet...and women to their knees

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11 November 1979 (Sweden)  »

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The Magician of Lublin  »

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THE MAGICIAN
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No magic in this production.
16 August 2004 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

I am a Louise Fletcher fan and saw this film in that context. While I have not read Isaac Beshevis Singer's novel, I must say that this film lacks the dramatic punch one would expect from a Pulitzer Prize winner. Even with decent sets and costumes as well as a good cast, this story of a womanizing illusionist (Alan Arkin) lying his way through turn of the Century Poland is pretty underwhelming. Louise is top-notch, giving the film's most powerful dramatic performance, but it becomes lost in a film that never draws you in.

Valerie Perrine also has some solid scenes, while Shelly Winters overplays the part of Perrine's psycho mother to campy perfection. In the end however, the big climax comes off as more of an anti-climax, as by then you don't really care what happens. I gave it an IMDb '6', mostly for the acting turns by Fletcher, Perrine and Winters (whose climatic scene with Arkin must be seen to be believed).


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