'Sorcerer’s Apprentice' inspired by Goethe
Wednesday 14 July 2010
The fantasy epic adventure,
The Sorcerer's Apprentice, releasing this week in North America, began as a 1797 poem, "Der Zauberlehrling," by Germany's renowned writer Goethe. The 14-stanza work tells the tale of a sorcerer's apprentice who demonstrates his knowledge of magic with an old broomstick and bucket, but forgets the spell to stop it.
The poem inspired a symphonic piece, "L'apprenti sorcier," by composer Paul Dukas, known as the "march of the broomsticks," and the classic 1937 Walt Disney film Fantasia, starring Mickey Mouse.
In turn, the latest version of this story, by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is a live-action adventure which pays homage to the classic animated film. Not a remake, it includes a version of the famous flood sequence with Mickey and the broomstick.
Actor Nicolas Cage plays Balthazar, a 1,000-year-old former student of Merlin the magician, who spends centuries seeking his teacher's descendent, and discovers he's a New York City college physics student played by Canadian actor Jay Baruchel ( How to Train Your Dragon).
This 5-minute excerpt, "First Lesson," shows Cage introducing the reluctant boy to magic, as an arch-villain portrayed by Alfred Molina is conjured from a swarm of bugs to battle it out with the wizard for world domination.
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