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Death Rite (1975)

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 »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Adriano Bolzoni (screenplay), Claude Chabrol (adaptaion) | 6 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Franco Nero ... Sadry
Stefania Sandrelli ... Sylvia
Jean Rochefort ... Edouard
Gert Fröbe ... Vestar
Gila von Weitershausen ... Martine
Moheddine Mrad Moheddine Mrad ... Doctor
Jalila Baccar Jalila Baccar ... Sadry's Sister
Madame Ben Chadly Madame Ben Chadly ... Sadry's Mother
Habib Chaari Habib Chaari ... Balloon Seller
Cecile Labussiere Cecile Labussiere ... Caterina
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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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Drama | Thriller

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This would be the final collaboration between director Claude Chabrol and screenwriter Paul Gégauff, their frequent partnership had began with The Cousins (1959). After Death Rite (1975), 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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Helping a Premonition to Come True
28 December 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While traveling to a resort in Tunisia, the magician and clairvoyant Professor Vestar (Gert Fröbe) befriends the idle millionaire Edouard Vangard (Jean Rochefort) 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 (Franco Nero) has relationship problems with his spoiled wife Sylvia (Stefania Sandrelli), who refuses to visit her mother-in-law that is terminal. Sadry meets his former mistress Martine (Gila von Weitershausen) 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.

"Les Magiciens" is a weird thriller by Claude Chabrol with a story of an idle man that decides to help a premonition of a clairvoyant to come true. The plot is original but this film is not among the best of Chabrol's filmography. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Profecia de um Delito" ("Profecy of a Crime")


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Language:

French

Release Date:

12 May 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Rite See more »

Filming Locations:

Djerba, Tunisia

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Mono

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Color
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