The Magician of Lublin (film)
|The Magician of Lublin|
|Directed by||Menahem Golan|
|Produced by||Menahem Golan
Harry N. Blum
|Screenplay by||Menahem Golan
Irving S. White
|Based on||The Magician of Lublin by
Isaac Bashevis Singer
|Music by||Dov Seltzer
|Editing by||Dov Hoenig|
|Distributed by||Cannon Films|
|Release dates||October 1979 (C.I.F.F.)|
|Running time||Germany: 114 min
USA: 105 min
The Magician of Lublin is a 1979 film co-written and directed by Menahem Golan. The film is based on The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer. The title song The Magician was performed by Kate Bush.
Yasha Mazur (Arkin) is a turn-of-the-20th-century Jewish stage magician, conman and mystic. He tours through eastern Europe for his show while at the same time destroying his own career progressively through his personal problems. Nearly everywhere he goes, Yasha has a local girlfriend, from the youthful Zeftel (Perrine), to the feisty Elizabeta (Winters). His burned out manager/impresario Wolsky (Jacobi) arranges for him to have one more chance at theatrical success, which requires that he pull off a never seen before trick in a Warsaw theater.
|Alan Arkin||Yasha Mazur|
|“||The subject matter is rare enough to be beguiling. Unfortunately Golan's treatment, with its mixture of art house pretensions and vulgarity, founders at precisely those points where it departs from Isaac Bashevis Singer's original Yiddish novel. Where that used clear-eyed tender realism to point toward ambiguity of experience and mystery, Golan overdramatises, tips into hysteria, and substitutes a specious mysticism that is sadly literal.||”|
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