The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face)
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The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face)
A magician of dubious talents, Vogler (Max Von Sydow) and his traveling show are called to entertain at the home of the local police commissioner. Set in Stockholm in the 1840's, Vogler's powers are put on display for the commissioner, a doctor, and a civil servant. Despite the magicians questionable abilities, many strange and mysterious events transpire to illustrate man's fascination with the murky world of the unexplainable answers to love, life and death.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie has elements of Gothic horror and philosophy, along with lusty, low comedy rolls."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Both a rebuke to critics and a confession of charlatanism, The Magician puts forward a one-of-a-kind examination of the problem of truth in life and in art. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"An underrated Ingmar Bergman film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is one of Bergman's most tightly structured and frightening films."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"reflects Bergman's fundamental understanding of the cinema as an illusionistic play of light and shadow that can nonetheless reveal some of the deepest recesses of the human experience"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"THe Magician is still fascinating, presenting a myriad of challenging ideas about magic, reality, and the nature of film itself."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Tremendously important Bergman, even it it doesn't have the instant cachet of his more famous and direct movies."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"An enigmatic, complex and immensely enjoyable film."
‑ , Film4
"Following The Seventh Seal and preceding his "Trilogy of Faith", The Magician lies at the heart of one of the most creative periods in Bergman's career."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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