The Magician

Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1958, 101 min., b/w Swedish w/ English subtitles

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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. 

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The Magician - Trailer