DirectorIngmar Bergman Music directorErik Nordgren Duration CountrySweden
Release date26 December 1958 Initial releaseDecember 26, 1958 (Sweden) CastMax von Sydow (Albert Emanuel Vogler), Gunnar Björnstrand (Dr. Vergerus, Minister of Health), Ingrid Thulin (Manda Vogler (alias Mr. Aman)), Bibi Andersson (Sara Lindqvist), Erland Josephson (Consul Egerman), Naima Wifstrand (Granny Vogler) Similar moviesThe Last Witch Hunter, Jupiter Ascending, Frozen, Knock Knock, Pitch Perfect 2, Fish Tank
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The Magician is a 1958 film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Its original Swedish title is Ansiktet, which means "The Face", and it was released theatrically as The Face in the United Kingdom, although video releases have used the U.S. title.
The film stars Max von Sydow as a traveling magician named Albert Vogler. Reading reports of a variety of supernatural disturbances at Vogler's prior performances abroad, the leading townspeople request that Vogler's troupe provide them a sample of their act, before allowing them public audiences. The scientifically minded disbelievers try to expose them as charlatans, but Vogler has a few tricks up his sleeve.
The film was distantly inspired by G. K. Chesterton's play Magic, which Bergman numbered among his favourites. Bergman staged a theatre production of "Magic" in Swedish at one point. The film was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 31st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
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Max von Sydow – Albert Emanuel Vogler
Ingrid Thulin – Manda Vogler (alias Mr. Aman)
Gunnar Björnstrand – Dr. Vergerus, Minister of Health
Naima Wifstrand – Granny Vogler
Bengt Ekerot – Johan Spegel
Bibi Andersson – Sara
Birgitta Pettersson - Sanna
Gertrud Fridh – Ottilia Egerman
Lars Ekborg – Simson, the coach driver
Toivo Pawlo – Police Superintendent Starbeck
Erland Josephson – Consul Egerman
Åke Fridell – Tubal
Sif Ruud – Sofia Garp
Oscar Ljung – Antonsson, burly stableman
Ulla Sjöblom – Henrietta Starbeck
Axel Düberg – Rustan, young manservant
The Magician has a unanimous approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Don Druker of the Chicago Reader called it "one of Bergman's most tightly structured and frightening films."
Woody Allen selected The Magician as one of the five Bergman films that he would most recommend to those unfamiliar with the filmmaker.