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The Magician of Lublin (1979)

Yasha is a Jewish stage magician who tours through eastern Europe while destroying his career through personal problems. He has one more chance at theatrical success, but he needs to do a brand new trick in a Warsaw theater.

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Yasha Mazur
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Emilia
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Zeftel
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Elzbieta
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Wolsky
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Herman
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Schmul
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Halina
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Magda
Linda Bernstein ...
Esther
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Bolek
Friedrich Schoenfelder ...
Count Zaruski
Ophelia Shtruhl ...
Rytza (as Ophelia Stral)
Buddy Elias ...
Pan Kuzarski
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Mechl
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Yasha is a Jewish stage magician who tours through eastern Europe while destroying his career through personal problems. He has one more chance at theatrical success, but he needs to do a brand new trick in a Warsaw theater.

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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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Der Magier  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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During the early 1970s, Menahem Golan had planned this film to be a vehicle for Laurence Harvey. See more »

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THE MAGICIAN
(title song)
Sung by Kate Bush
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Intense, equally cinematic and literary
20 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Arkin spares nothing of himself in what I consider one of his finest roles. The story is both incredibly painful and liberating (the Bladerunner writer must have read this story by Singer). This movie is not for the emotionally faint of heart, but it is so incredibly honest there are great rewards. For those studying translating literature to film, I would suggest this (as well as the Bill Murray version of The Razor's Edge) as worthy case studies. Also, for a period piece, The Magician of Lublin exposes an interesting time in Europe, both for the sexual mores of the time and the existent seeds of anti-Semitism that served as a precursor to the Twentieth Century.


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