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The Magus (1968)

US 117m, Colour
Director: Guy Green; Cast: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, Candice Bergen, Anna Karina, Julian Glover

The Magus is a largely incomprehensible film which is based on John Fowles’ 1966 novel of the same name. Despite the fact that Fowler also wrote the screenplay, the adaptation of this psychological drama neglects important detail regarding Michael Caine’s character Nicholas Urfe. Without an understanding of Nicholas’ motivations, the purpose and meaning of his psychological torment by Quinn’s enigmatic character, Conchis, is never fully realized. Confronted with ever-changing explanations, Nicholas’ reality becomes lost along with the plot. On the plus side, The Magus contains some beautiful cinematography and the potential for a very interesting story that is reminiscent of Memento (2002), but unfortunately, the plot becomes so obscure that both Nicholas and the audience are left wondering what happened (Klaus Ming November 2010).

2 comments on “The Magus (1968)

  1. joem18b
    11/08/2010

    the magus ranks as perhaps the most disappointing movie i ever saw, looking back over my movie-viewing history. i was absolutely ga ga about the book when i read it and couldn’t wait to see the movie. michael caine seemed like a perfect choice and i ignored my concerns about a. quinn. then, oops. a dud.

    • Klaus
      11/08/2010

      A friend dared me to watch/review it. I think I took one for the team 😉

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