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Simon is an outcast from his Jewish community because he claims that the devil talks to him and he has the ability to put curses on crops. When Dovid asks the 'Squire' to sell him some land... See full summary »

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Simon
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Dovid Bendel
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Maximillian Hase
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Leah
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Sarah
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Count Albrecht, the Squire
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Sirius / Boris / The Devil
Terence Rigby ...
Bratislav
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Jim Dunk ...
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Ursula Jones ...
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Cyril Shaps ...
Chaim
David de Keyser ...
Rabbi
Ken Dury ...
Priest
Tom Fisher ...
Thomas
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Simon is an outcast from his Jewish community because he claims that the devil talks to him and he has the ability to put curses on crops. When Dovid asks the 'Squire' to sell him some land so he can build a railway station, a ruthless businessman from the neighbouring gentile community uses Simon to find out who wants to buy the land so he can 'persuade' him otherwise. Written by Rob Hartill

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A magical tale from a Vanished World. See more »


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11 February 2000 (Italy)  »

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A sátán mágusa  »

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$5,307 (USA) (9 March 2001)

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$38,214 (USA) (20 July 2001)
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Final cinema film of Jean Anderson. See more »

Quotes

[Hase is watching Simon shoveling food into his mouth]
Maximillian Hase: No, don't go, Buchholz, stay and watch Simon eat. It's... interesting.
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Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op 57: IV. Intermezzo: Lento
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1 June 2011 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Simon is the village eccentric, plagued by visions of the devil. He halfheartedly turns on his own Jewish community when a dispute over the burgeoning railroad threatens community relationships.

This is a plodding, one-beat drama that is a chore to get through. Characters are simplistic, never more than two-beat in their actions. Simon is treacherous then remorseful, Dovid is ambitious then pragmatic. The other Jews are weary, the Squire is wise, Sarah is kind, and the evil businessman is from start to finish an evil businessman. There is some nice imagery fleetingly glimpsed, but it is small compensation for the insipid narrative and corny dialogue ("Teach me about this poetry of which you speak"). All in all, a bit of a waste of time.


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