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Mario and the Magician

 
Title: Mario and the Magician
Original title: Mario und der Zauberer
Format: half hour
Starring: Anna Galiena (JAMON, JAMON)
Jan Wachtel
Nina Schweser
Pavel Greco
Valentina Chico
Elisabeth Trissenaar
Rolf Hoppe
Directed by: Klaus Maria Brandauer
Produced by: Produced by PROVOBIS Ges. für Film & TV mbH, Flach Film, Roxy-Film GmbH & Co. KG
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Mario and the Magician

Starring Julian Sands, Anna Galiena and Klaus Maria Brandauer

Actor-director Klaus Maria Brandauer sensuously unravels Thomas Mann's parable on Fascism set in the late 1920s. As every year, the Fuhrmanns are spending their holidays at a seaside resort in Italy.
This time, however, the German family feels something dark stirring beneath the town's placid facade. It is a feeling of hostility embodied by the magician Cipolla, whose hypnotic charm conceals a cynical lust to destroy. A series of incidents persuades the Fuhrmanns to leave, but not before a final performance by the magician, in which a dangerous experiment leaves everyone numbed.Mario and the Magician won the prestigious Andrei Tarkovsky Prize and the Special Jury Prize at the 1995 Moscow Film Festival.