Death Rite

Death Rite

French theatrical release poster
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by Tarak Ben Ammar
Jean Boujnah
Tablouti Temini
Screenplay by Claude Chabrol
Paul Gégauff
Frédéric Dard (novel)
Starring Franco Nero
Stefania Sandrelli
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Edited by Monique Fardoulis
Carthago Films S.a.r.l.
Maran Film
Mondial Televisione Film
Distributed by S.N. Prodis
Release dates
12 May 1976
Running time
94 minutes
Country France
West Germany
Language French

Death Rite (French: ''Les Magiciens'') is a 1976 film co-written and directed by Claude Chabrol.


At a luxury hotel in Djerba, Tunisia, psychic magician Vestar (Fröbe) meets the dark Edouard (Rochefort).[1] Heading to the hotel, Vestar has a vision of a woman being murdered in the desert. Edouard, a member of the leisure class, decides to use his influence to make the dream become a reality. Also staying at the resort are Sadry, returning (Nero) who has come home to visit his dying mother, and his annoying wife Sylvia (Sandrelli). Also there is Martine (von Weitershausen), an ex-lover of Sadry who would like to get back together with him. The marriage is further strained when Sylvia finds the two of them together. It appears that the prophesied murder has something to do with Sylvia. Specific details from Vestar's prediction about her death are used by Edouard to make it happen, although in fact his interference alters the results. Sadry comes to terms with her tensions and anger as events build toward the inevitable.

Principal cast

Actor Role
Franco Nero Sadry
Stefania Sandrelli Sylvia
Jean Rochefort Edouard
Gert Fröbe Vestar
Gila von Weitershausen Martine


  1. "Les Magiciens / Death Rite / Claude Chabrol / 1976". Retrieved 2011-08-25.
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