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The Magician of Lublin (1979)

R | | Drama | 1979 (Israel)
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.

Director:

Menahem Golan

Writers:

Barbara Dana (additional dialogue), Menahem Golan (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Yasha Mazur
Louise Fletcher ... Emilia
Valerie Perrine ... Zeftel
Shelley Winters ... Elzbieta
Lou Jacobi ... Wolsky
Warren Berlinger ... Herman
Shaike Ophir ... Schmul (as Shai K. Ophir)
Lisa Whelchel ... Halina
Maia Danziger ... Magda
Linda Bernstein Linda Bernstein ... Esther
Zachi Noy ... Bolek
Friedrich Schoenfelder ... Count Zaruski (as Friedrich Schönfelder)
Ophelia Shtruhl ... Rytza (as Ophelia Stral)
Buddy Elias ... Pan Kuzarski
Yehuda Efroni ... Mechl
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Israel | West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1979 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Magier See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

During the early 1970s, Menahem Golan had planned this film to be a vehicle for Laurence Harvey. See more »

Soundtracks

The Magician
(title song)
Sung by Kate Bush
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No magic in this production.
16 August 2004 | by rimjakSee 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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