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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978)

Carodejuv ucen (original title)
A young boy becomes an apprentice for a mysterious sorcerer, working at the sorcerer's strange and sinister mill where secretive black magic is being taught and performed at a very heavy price.

Director:

Karel Zeman

Writers:

Otfried Preußler (novel) (as Otfried Preussler), Jirí Gold (screen story) | 4 more credits »
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Ludek Munzar ... Vypravec (voice)
Jaroslav Moucka ... Havran, carodej (voice)
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Krabat, a beggar boy, is lured to become an apprentice to an evil, one-eyed sorcerer. With a number of other boys, he works at the sorcerer's mill while learning black magic. Every Christmas one of the boys has to face the master in a magical duel, where the boy never stands a chance because the master is the only person who is allowed to use a secret spell: The Koraktor. Written by Slash V

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Language:

Czech

Release Date:

1 March 1978 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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I hope there are more animated tales like that
5 June 2010 | by alexfromhornSee all my reviews

At first I was incredibly skeptical about this, but it turned out to be something really special.

I read the the book at school - quite a lot of years ago. And as I remembered it, it was quite good. But what almost made me not watch it was the style of animation. It reminded me of South Park but just more old school and stiffer in the way it's animated. I thought this is not going do be interesting but it was the opposite. Especially the style of animation made its atmosphere and deepness. It creeped me out some times.

The story is good. But what makes it is the way it's told. You see the main character become a grown-up in some ways and it's darkness and violent moments. One of the main feelings is despair in this movie.

Its really hard to explain but this is really something unique as far as I know. The combination of animation, the story, the character development and music is just unique.

Everybody should see this.


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