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The Magic Mountain (1982)

Der Zauberberg (original title)
Hans Castorp, fresh from university and about to become a civil engineer, comes to the Sanatorium Berghof in the Swiss Alps to visit his cousin Joachim, an army officer, who is recovering ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Werner Eichhorn Werner Eichhorn ... Narrator (voice)
Rod Steiger ... Mynheer Peperkorn
Marie-France Pisier ... Clawdia Chauchat
Flavio Bucci ... Ludovico Settembrini
Christoph Eichhorn ... Hans Castorp
Hans Christian Blech ... Hofrat Behrens
Alexander Radszun Alexander Radszun ... Joachim Ziemßen
Margot Hielscher ... Frau Stöhr
Gudrun Gabriel Gudrun Gabriel ... Frl. Marusja
Ann Zacharias ... Frl. Elly
Irm Hermann ... Frl. Engelhart
Kurt Raab ... Dr. Krokowski
Rolf Zacher ... Herr Wehsal
Helmut Griem ... James Tienappel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Aznavour ... Naphta
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Hans Castorp, fresh from university and about to become a civil engineer, comes to the Sanatorium Berghof in the Swiss Alps to visit his cousin Joachim, an army officer, who is recovering there from tuberculosis. Intending to remain at the Berghof for three weeks, Hans is gradually contaminated by the morbid atmosphere pervading the place. Wishing very much to be considered a patient like the others, he achieves his ends and stays in the sanatorium for ...seven years. During this time, he has enough time to take part in the furious philosophical debates pitting against each other Settembrini, a secular humanist, and Naphta, a totalitarian Jesuit. And to fall in love with the beautiful but enigmatic Clawdia Chauchat. When he is finally discharged in 1914 - along with all the other patients - it is only to plunge into the horrors of World War I. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Trivia

The Kurhotel was built in 1882 and located in Leysin (Switzerland) near Lake Geneva. After a complete refurbishment between 1991 and 2008 it is a residential school (Leysin American School). See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical version is heavily cut to 153 min. The original version runs 312 min. and was shown in 3 part on television two years after the theatrical release. See more »

Connections

Featured in Room 237 (2012) See more »

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O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild
Words by Valentin Thilo
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Long and rewarding
3 February 2012 | by bob998See all my reviews

I saw the long version of five hours plus on two DVD's, and was impressed by the acting, the sets, Geissendorfer's conscientious direction and Michael Ballhaus's elegant camera-work (the snow scenes especially). It was hard to write a script that would bring out all the elements of Mann's novel, but I think they succeeded for the most part. The torpor of life in a TB sanatorium was well captured--Castorp is never quite sure just how long he has spent at the facility--and the genial brutality and occasional incompetence of the staff too.

The actors impressed me, with one exception. Christian Eichhorn was young and ardent as Castorp, Flavio Bucci extravagant and impassioned as Settembrini (just as I imagined him from the novel), and Rod Steiger tore a couple of scenes to tatters in an enjoyable way in the third and final episode. Marie-France Pisier is hardly a "listless, worm-eaten Kirghiz-eyed" woman as Mann describes her, but is always striking and lovely to look at. Only Charles Aznavour, badly miscast as Naphta, fails to impress the viewer. What were they thinking of, casting the hapless hero of Truffaut's Shoot the Pianist as a callous totalitarian philosopher?


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Release Date:

25 August 1982 (Italy) See more »

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DEM20,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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