The Magus (1968)

R   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

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A teacher on a Greek island becomes involved in bizarre mind-games with the island's magus (magician) and a beautiful young woman.



  • Candice Bergen in The Magus (1968)
  • Anthony Quinn and Michael Caine in The Magus (1968)
  • Candice Bergen in The Magus (1968)
  • Michael Caine in The Magus (1968)
  • Candice Bergen and Michael Caine in The Magus (1968)
  • Candice Bergen and Michael Caine in The Magus (1968)

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27 February 2002 | Threedee
A film that's better than its reputation
I've read the Fowles novels-- including the original and the "new, improved" versions of The Magus (BTW the "new, improved" version was a bad move John, you should have left the damn book alone with its ambiguities intact), so it ain't like I are illiterate or somethin'...

Seems to me a lot of people expect a movie to be a book, and it doesn't happen. If you have a deep connection with the print, you have to be able to temporarily wipe the preconceptions from your brain and deal with it as a distinct presentation of material, or you're not going to like it.

I'm pretty sure this is what happened amongst the literati who were expecting to see the book version of The Magus on screen. So they did a snobbish hatchet job via criticism.

IMHO, this is one of Anthony Quinn's best screen appearances. I can't think of anyone else who could have filled the role as well. Green's direction keeps the film moving right along. The location settings are wonderful. Got no problems with the script. Michael Caine plays a terrific self-serving exploiter of women and relationships-- but in fairness Anne is a gutless wimp asking to be exploited-- incapable of making her own decisions (at least as rendered in the film). Candice Bergen does a very credible job in the schizo role of Lily.

This movie deserves restoration into its original aspect ratio and re-releasing on DVD. And maybe, like Eliot said in the bit from Little Gidding used in the flick, you might arrive where you started and know the place for the first time.

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