A Bergman bonanza
Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1958, 101 min., b/w Swedish w/ English subtitles
Ingmar Bergman's The Magician (Ansiktet) is an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of deceit from one of cinema’s premier illusionists.
This tale of deceit stars Max von Sydow as Dr. Vogler, a nineteenth-century traveling mesmerist and peddler of potions whose magic is put to the test in Stockholm by the cruel, eminently rational royal medical adviser Dr. Vergérus. The result is a diabolically clever battle of wits that’s both frightening and funny, shot in rich, gorgeously gothic black and white.
Special thanks to Brian Belovarac and Janus Films