The Magician (I) (1926)

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A magician/alchemist, seeking to create life, finds that he needs the "blood of a virgin" to continue his experiments. He sends out his dwarf assistant to pick out the right girl.


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  • Rex Ingram in The Magician (1926)
  • Firmin Gémier, Alice Terry, and Paul Wegener in The Magician (1926)
  • Firmin Gémier, Alice Terry, and Paul Wegener in The Magician (1926)
  • Iván Petrovich, Alice Terry, and Paul Wegener in The Magician (1926)

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28 February 2008 | Michael_Elliott
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Magician, The (1926)

** (out of 4)

Influential MGM horror/thriller has a magician/surgeon (Paul Wegener of The Golem) trying to find the secret of bringing the dead to life. After some research he learns that the blood of a virgin will do the trick. From a historic standpoint this film remains important due to its heavy influence on films such as The Raven, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Mystery of the Wax Museum and especially James Whale's Frankenstein but the film itself is pretty dull. The influences on those films isn't really seen until the final ten minutes and everything leading up to it is rather dry and doesn't contain any life at all. There's some nice visual touches and the use of shadows is good but the early German horror films done all of this much better. Directed by Rex Ingram.

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