The Magician (Ansiktet)
The Magician (Ansiktet) (1958)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 26, 1958
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

The movie has elements of Gothic horror and philosophy, along with lusty, low comedy rolls.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Tremendously important Bergman, even it it doesn't have the instant cachet of his more famous and direct movies.

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An enigmatic, complex and immensely enjoyable film.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

It is one of Bergman's most tightly structured and frightening films.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An underrated Ingmar Bergman film.

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David Keyes

Like the subject it portrays, it is a movie that genuinely seems to sense the guilty delight of life's unending irony.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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TV Guide

THe Magician is still fascinating, presenting a myriad of challenging ideas about magic, reality, and the nature of film itself.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
every time i watch a bergman film for the first time, the thing i'm most excited for is encountering new, interesting characters. i think the characters… More
Walter M.
In "The Magician," Albert Vogler(Max Von Sydow), magician, is traveling through the countryside with his protege, Aman(Ingrid Thulin),… More
Conner Rainwater
Sort've a similar set-up to The Seventh Seal. There's another great ensemble cast led by the towering Scandinavian known as Max Von Sydow. This… More
Marcus Woolcott
A good film about faith versus science whereby Bergman doesn't show his full hand until the finale.
Cassandra Maples
Max von Sydow, Gunner Bjornstrand and Ingrid Thulin are three of Bergman's most consistent quality performers and all three have major roles in this film.… More
Simeon Deutsch
I'm surprised this isn't more well known. I mean this is the same caliber as The Seventh Seal. Really. Tremendous direction from Bergman, especially… More