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Friday, June 21, 2024

'The Magician' is a silent film

Interesting addendum to the recent discussion of The Magician, W. Somerset Maugham's fictional portrayal of Aleister Crowley: You can watch a 1926 silent film adaptation of the novel.

Here is the Wikipedia article, which has spoilers (some changes are made in the plot.)

I haven't watched it yet, but Richard Newsome, who read the book with me, reports, "I found the 1926 silent movie of The Magician on YouTube! Watched the whole thing. It takes many liberties with the story but it is quite watchable. Enjoyed it. Remarkable that people made this movie a hundred years ago."

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