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  • Actors: Werner Eichhorn, Rod Steiger, Marie-France Pisier, Flavio Bucci, Christoph Eichhorn
  • Directors: Hans W. Geissendörfer
  • Writers: Hans W. Geissendörfer, Thomas Mann
  • Producers: Francesco Casali, Franz Seitz, Renzo Rossellini, Wolfgang Patzschke
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SF9YRA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain" on IMDb

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After Hans falls ill, he is admitted to a Swiss sanatorium. Seven years later, Hans leaves to fight in the Great War, and experiences life for the first time. Starring Rod Steiger, Hans Christian Blech and Charles Aznavour.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By adriano on January 28, 2010
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Meanwhile, a technically excellent commercial re-issue of the original TV serial has been published in Germany on the label Fernsehjuwelen, including, as an extra, the widescreen (shortened) theatrical release! So forget about this dreadful and amateurish transfer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Pattin on November 11, 2010
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This two disk / 2 part version is lousy. It misses some key scenes including the important scene in the snow and also the Settermbrini & Naphta's discussions, both key to plot of the novel. These scenes were shown in the 2 disk 3 part earlier film version. Also, Joachim seems to randomly die at the start of disk 2 for no reason. And the casting of Clavdia is questionable, as she does not appear to the gorgeous siren she's depicted as in the novel or in the earlier 3 part film version. And the casting of Hans is also questionable, as he looks like he is 17 instead of 24. Book > this movie version. 2 out of 5 stars. Disappointing.
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The thought of making a film out of this enormous novel, long on talk, short on much action, seems daunting, but Hans Geissendörfer's film does a creditable job, with some allowances for the excesses of late 70's film making (this film dates to 1982, but it really harks back to the 70's in artsy style, much theatrical staging of scenes, an interpretation that is faithful to the book in meaning but not in style, I think.)

The novel, which deals with the seven year sabbatical of a young engineer at a tuberculosis sanatorium right on the cusp of World War 1, is one more in the long line of novels that discuss the huge change in Europe that occurred after this war. Old Europe, and its descent into decadent lifestyle is depicted in the hermetic environment of an indulgent health resort in the Swiss Alps.

The film does a good job of depicting the social decadence, and the conversations between Castorp, his humanist mentor Settembrini, the Jesuit Naphta and the dionysian Peeperkorn are fairly well handled and Rod Steiger (dubbed into German) is superb as the off-the-rails alcoholic Peeperkorn. The casting of many of the main characters is uncannily correct--Marusja, Joachim, Frau Englehardt and even the dwarf Emerentia. The casting of Castorp and Clawdia Chauchat, however, are not as pleasing; Chauchat is too French and seductive, Castorp too young and callow. Settembrini is too much "Groucho Marx" and not enough the urbane Italian humanist. Charles Aznavour is amazing as Naptha.

Many scenes have been deleted from this DVD, so I actually recommend you purchase the set of three Mann films, The Thomas Mann Collection which has the whole series of this film plus a very long miniseries of Buddenbrooks, the novel Mann wrote in his 20's, which is an incredibly good production of his debut novel.
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