7 user 9 critic

Arcane Sorcerer (1996)

L'arcano incantatore (original title)
A seminary student, Giacomo Vigetti, is convicted by the Papal State of seducing a young girl. He is forced to flee and takes refuge with an excommunicated priest. Unfortunately, the priest... See full summary »


Pupi Avati


Pupi Avati
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

The Hideout (2007)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

"The Hideout" is a mystery-thriller about an Italian woman who moves to Davenport to open a restaurant. After her husband commits suicide, she spends fifteen years recovering at a Minnesota... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Laura Morante, Rita Tushingham, Burt Young
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Stefano, a young restorer, is commissioned to save a controversial mural located in the church of a small, isolated village.

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Lino Capolicchio, Francesca Marciano, Gianni Cavina
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Stefano, a young journalist, buys a used typewriter and accidentally sees that some text is still readable on the ribbon. He manages to reconstruct the story of a scientist, Paolo Zeder, ... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Gabriele Lavia, Anne Canovas, Paola Tanziani
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Dante must sell books on the legends related to the noble families of Emilia-Romagna to the descendants of the families themselves. When he arrives to the castle Zanotti, he learns that the... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Gianni Cavina, Francesca Marciano, Carlo Delle Piane
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A group of former friends meets again after a very long time, in a Christmas night, with the intent of ripping off a rich industrialist in a game of Poker. Old hatreds and mistrusts conflict with the nostalgia for the lost friendships.

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Carlo Delle Piane, Diego Abatantuono, Gianni Cavina
Magnificat (1993)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During the Middle Ages, a traveling executioner hires an apprentice to learn the finer points of torture and execution, and a young girl is given by her parents to a Catholic convent.

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Luigi Diberti, Arnaldo Ninchi, Massimo Bellinzoni
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Italy, 1952. The young official Furio Momenté is sent to Veneto region, near Polesine, to investigate a shocking and mysterious case: a minor has in fact killed one of his peers claiming to have killed the devil himself.

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Gabriel Lo Giudice, Filippo Franchini, Cesare Cremonini
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Italy, 1914. Two teachers (Delle Piane and Pini) take their pupils for a school outing from Bologna to Florence.

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Carlo Delle Piane, Tiziana Pini, Rossana Casale
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

17 years after Regalo di Natale the same 5 players for a new challange. Who can trust who?

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Gianni Cavina, Carlo Delle Piane
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Bologna, 1954. Taddeo, a young man of 18 whom everyone calls Kid, dreams of becoming one of the regulars of the mythical Margherita Café, located under the portico across from his family's ... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Laura Chiatti, Fabio De Luigi
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The United States of America, after the great success of Vietnam, Watergate and so on, have decided to expand their activities in Italy. Mr. Chips has chosen Eddie Mordace to open the ... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Al Lettieri, Gigi Proietti, Christian De Sica
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story about a sinister magician-dwarf, physically unable to love a woman. His wife's betrayals and an obsessive isolation drive him to despair.

Director: Pupi Avati
Stars: Bob Tonelli, Greta Vayan, Gianni Cavina


Credited cast:
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Arcano Incantatore
Stefano Dionisi ... Giacomo Vigetti
Arnaldo Ninchi Arnaldo Ninchi ... Aoledo
Andrea Scorzoni Andrea Scorzoni ... Don Zanini
Consuelo Ferrara Consuelo Ferrara ... Severina
Renzo Rinaldi Renzo Rinaldi ... Priest
Massimo Sarchielli ... Passenger
Saverio Laganà Saverio Laganà
Clelia Bernacchi Clelia Bernacchi
Imelde Marani
Linda Gucciardo Linda Gucciardo
Elena De Chirico Elena De Chirico
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vittorio Duse ... Father Medelana
Mario Erpichini Mario Erpichini ... Father Tommaso
Claudia Lawrence Claudia Lawrence ... Father Medelana's Housekeeper


A seminary student, Giacomo Vigetti, is convicted by the Papal State of seducing a young girl. He is forced to flee and takes refuge with an excommunicated priest. Unfortunately, the priest was excommunicated for experimenting with the black arts. And soon Giacomo wishes they'd never met. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Release Date:

19 April 1996 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Arcane Sorcerer See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Decent enough slow burn horror from Pupi Avati
15 August 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The only film I'd seen from Pupi Avati prior to seeing this one was his excellent Giallo 'The House With the Windows that Laugh' and naturally, I had hoped that The Arcane Enchanter may be similar in quality to the earlier Giallo masterpiece. While by no means a bad film, The Arcane Enchanter doesn't portray the mystery and imagination nearly as well as the earlier film did. However, based on the strength of the two films I've seen from him; it's clear that Pupi Avati is a more than capable director, and The Arcane Enchanter is another (in terms of production values) high quality Italian horror film. The plot focuses on religion and black magic and the central character is Giacomo Vigetti. Giacomo is convicted of apparently trying to rape a young girl by the Papal State and is forced to flee. He takes refuge at the home of Arcano Incantatore; an ex-communicated priest. During his stay with the former priest, Giacomo soon realises the reason why he as thrown out of the church; the priest was practicing black magic...

The film exudes a scintillatingly Gothic atmosphere that carries the film even when the plot takes a turn for the less interesting. The Arcane Enchanter is very much a slow burn film, and while sometimes there is enough mystery created to make the audience want to see what is going to happen next; sometimes there isn't, and the film unfortunately falls flat at those points. The themes of horror shown in the movie largely revolve around death and the mystery springs from the ambiguous way that the plot is presented to the viewer. There isn't much in the way of character building on show, and this can sometimes make it hard to really care about the mystery at hand, however. The way that Pupi Avati presents the scares without special effects is well done, although sometimes it feels like a little more was needed. The ending pretty much flows with the rest of the film in that it doesn't end with a bang, and neither does it really tie everything up. Overall, this is certainly a decent film; but unfortunately, unlike The House with the Windows that Laugh, it's not a great one.

8 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed