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This edition: The Magician

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Episode Details

(1958/Sweden, 101 min., b&w, drama, in Swedish with English subtitles) Dir.: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bibi Andersson. Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician (Ansiktet) is an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of deceit from one of cinema’s premier illusionists. Max von Sydow stars 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. Distributor: Janus Films.

Discussion guest: Leonard Quart, Cineaste.

Guest List

Leonard Quart Cineaste