French theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Claude Chabrol|
|Produced by||Tarak Ben Ammar
|Screenplay by||Claude Chabrol
|Edited by||Monique Fardoulis|
|Carthago Films S.a.r.l.
Mondial Televisione Film
|Distributed by||S.N. Prodis|
|Release date(s)||12 May 1976|
|Running time||94 minutes|
At a luxury hotel in Djerba, Tunisia, psychic magician Vestar (Fröbe) meets the dark Edouard (Rochefort). Heading to the hotel, Vestar has a vision of a woman being murdered in the desert. Edouard, a member of the leisure class, decides to use his influence to make the dream become a reality. Also staying at the resort are Sadry, returning (Nero) who has come home to visit his dying mother, and his annoying wife Sylvia (Sandrelli). Also there is Martine (von Weitershausen), an ex-lover of Sabry who would like to get back together with him. The marriage is further strained when Sylvia finds the two of them together. It appears that the prophesied murder has something to do with Sylvia. Specific details from Vestar's prediction about her death are used by Edouard to make it happen, although in fact his interference alters the results. Sadry comes to terms with her tensions and anger as events build toward the inevitable.
|Gila von Weitershausen||Martine|
- filmsdefrance.com. "Les Magiciens / Death Rite / Claude Chabrol / 1976". Filmsdefrance.com. Retrieved 2011-08-25.
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