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Magician of Lublin (1979)





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This expensive production attempts to bring Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer's subtle philosophical novel The Magician of Lublin to the screen. In the story, Yasha Mazur (Alan Arkin) is a perfectionistic turn-of-the-century Jewish stage magician, con-man and mystic, who is touring through eastern Europe, at the same time managing to progressively sabotage his own career. In nearly every town Yasha has a girlfriend, from the youthful Zeftel (Valerie Perrine), to the feisty Elizabeta (Shelly Winters). His harassed manager/impressario Wolsky (Lou Jacobi) arranges for him to have one more chance at theatrical success, which requires that he pull off the trick of a lifetime in a Warsaw theater. Reviewers, fans of Singer's works, and ordinary filmgoers all expressed disappointment in this beautifully filmed and ambitious movie, which was a box-office failure. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi


Alan Arkin
as Yasha Mazur
Shelley Winters
as Elizabeta
Lou Jacobi
as Wolsky
Zachi Noy
as Bolek
Buddy Elias
as Pan Kazarsky
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Critic Reviews for Magician of Lublin

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The director, Menahem Golan, evidently expended so much attention to laying on ersatz atmosphere that he didn't have time to explain to the cast what the story was about.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

An overproduction that is first and foremost a producer's film. [Full review in Spanish]

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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