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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nicholas Urfe
... Maurice Conchis
... Lily
... Anne
... Meli
... Anton
... Kapetan
... Andreas-Priest
Danièle Noël ... Soula (as Danielle Noel)
... 'False' German Officer
Ethel Farrugia ... Maria
Andreas Malandrinos ... Goatherd (as Andreas Melandrinos)
George Kafkaris ... Second Partisan
... Party Host
Stack Constantino ... Third Partisan
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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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2.35 : 1
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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: [after describing Nazi atrocity] What would you have done?
Nicholas Urfe: God Knows.
Maurice Conchis: God never has to choose. You and I do.
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The Magus
14 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have always wanted to see the movie because I loved the novel, but was warned away because I'd heard that the movie was a stinker. It is. Fowles wrote the script and I could follow it fine, despite the fact that I read the novel over thirty years ago.

The soundtrack is execrable--jarring, jangling, and utterly inappropriate--breaking any attempt at mystery or mood in the movie. I suspect that the director must take a lot of the blame as even Michael Caine is terrible in it and he was already doing excellent work in ALFIE a couple of years earlier.

The "Mysteries" evoked by the book are not well-translated onto the screen. I'd love to see someone remake this one.


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