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The Magician of Lublin (film)

The Magician of Lublin
File:Magician of Lublin.jpg
VHS cover
Directed by Menahem Golan
Produced by Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Harry N. Blum
Screenplay by Menahem Golan
Sheldon Patinkin
Irving S. White
Based on The Magician of Lublin by
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Starring Alan Arkin
Louise Fletcher
Shelley Winters
Music by Dov Seltzer
Maurice Jarre
Cinematography David Gurfinkel
Edited by Dov Hoenig
Distributed by Cannon Films
Release dates
October 1979 (C.I.F.F.)
Running time
Germany: 114 min
USA: 105 min
Country Israel
West Germany
Language English
Budget $6,000,000

The Magician of Lublin is a 1979 film co-written and directed by Menahem Golan. The film is based on The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer. The title song The Magician was performed by Kate Bush.[1][2]


Yasha Mazur (Arkin) is a turn-of-the-20th-century Jewish stage magician, conman and mystic. He tours through eastern Europe for his show while at the same time destroying his own career progressively through his personal problems. Nearly everywhere he goes, Yasha has a local girlfriend, from the youthful Zeftel (Perrine), to the feisty Elizabeta (Winters). His burned out manager/impresario Wolsky (Jacobi) arranges for him to have one more chance at theatrical success, which requires that he pull off a never seen before trick in a Warsaw theater.

Principal cast

Actor Role
Alan Arkin Yasha Mazur
Louise Fletcher Amelia
Valerie Perrine Zeftel
Shelley Winters Elzbieta
Lou Jacobi Wolsky
Maia Danziger Magda
Warren Berlinger Herman


The film was a box office and critical failure.[3] As an example, Time Out London wrote:


  1. ^ "FAQ: - Love-Hounds - Kate Bush". Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  2. ^ Soundtrack at
  3. ^ Fountain, Clarke. "The Magician of Lublin > Overview". AllMovie. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  4. ^ "The Magician of Lublin Review. Movie Reviews - Film - Time Out London". Retrieved 2011-04-12. 

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