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Der Zauberberg (1982)

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 ... Narrator (voice)
... Mynheer Peperkorn
... Clawdia Chauchat
... Ludovico Settembrini
... Hans Castorp
... Hofrat Behrens
Alexander Radszun ... Joachim Ziemßen
... Frau Stöhr
Gudrun Gabriel ... Frl. Marusja
... Frl. Elly
... Frl. Engelhart
... Dr. Krokowski
... Herr Wehsal
... James Tienappel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Naphta


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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25 August 1982 (Italy)  »

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O Jesulein süss, o Jesulein mild
Words by Valentin Thilo
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Opulent Adaptation That Falls Short As a Coherent Movie
24 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Der Zauberberg is a mixed bag, as it features many scenes with magnificently written dialogue and beautiful cinematography. Some scenes work well in their weirdness and deliver a decent insight into the world of troubled spirits. What mars the experience is, that the staginess and the melodramatic feeling often work against the movie. Also, it lacks cohesion and structural pacing, which is why the direction struggles to convey the importance of the basic premise. It is simply not as well-delivered as it could have been, and considering the status of the novel, also not as fleshed-out as it should have been. Overall 5/10

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