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The Magus - A. Quinn, Michael Caine

3.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007SNSPNQ
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Totally incomprehensible. It is always a pleasure to see actors of the calibre of Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn and the delectable Candice Bergen but I defy anyone to make head or tail of this film. The script and direction are rubbish.
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The Magus is a great book, full of nuances and complexity. John Fowles' screenplay is a very skilful synopsis of the book, but comes nowhere near the richness or weight of the original. The film seems a little short, and could have done with an extra quarter of an hour. With more pace from the director, more strange incidents at the Villa Bourani and more of Conchis' mystification could have been included.

Perhaps the most unsatisfactory aspect of the film is the casting of Michael Caine as Nicholas. A more thoughtful actor was needed; Michael Kitchen would have been excellent, though of course too young at the time the film was made. Candice Bergen and Anna Karina are also miscast. In the book, Fowles makes Nicholas' girlfriend Alison a down-to-earth Australian, the reality he should never have turned his back on, and it is unclear why the film turns her into a lightweight Frenchwoman; I could have understood a transformation into an American better.

Worse still is the score, written by John Dankworth - possibly the worst film music ever written, and showing no awareness at all of what the film is about.

But Anthony Quinn is remarkable as Conchis, and it is he who saves the film. The locations and the photography are great too.
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Fantastic film
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I was so disappointed to find this english writer and the english actors only speaking Spanish. It made no mention in the advertisement that it was not in English. I have read the book and love Rhodes, so you can imagine my disappointment.
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