The Magician [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1958]

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Special Features

  • New Visual Essay by Bergman Scholar Peter Cowie
  • Brief 1967 Video Interview with Director Ingmar Bergman about the Film
  • Rare English-language Audio Interview with Bergman, Conducted by Filmmakers Olivier Assayas and Stig Björkman in 1990
  • Plus: A booklet featuring excerpts from a 1990 tribute to the film by Assayas, a new essay by critic Geoff Andrew, and an excerpt from Bergman's Autobiography Images: My Life in Film


Much better known in the U.S. as The Magician, this award-winning, surreal, evocative drama stars Max von Sydow as the title character and features several of Sweden's top performers. Set in the 1840s in Stockholm, the mystery and enigma of life and death itself are embodied in Vogler, the magician who runs "Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater." When his traveling show arrives in town, the police commissioner, a doctor, and a civil servant are intent on putting his supernatural powers to the test. As the pendulum swings between fearful images and moments of comic relief, the mysterious Mr. Vogler defies analysis. In 1959, Ansiktet was given the "Best Film" prize at the British Academy Awards, the "Best Foreign Film" prize at the New York Film Critics Awards, and two prizes at the Venice Film Festival. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Max von Sydow
    Max von Sydow - Albert Emanuel Vogler
  • Ingrid Thulin
    Ingrid Thulin - Manda Aman Vogler
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    Naima Wifstrand - Grandmother
  • Bengt Ekerot
    Bengt Ekerot - Johan Spegel
  • Bibi Andersson
    Bibi Andersson - Sara Lindquist

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