The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face)
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The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face)
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… More
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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