The Magician The Magician

The Magician

Ingmar Bergman

 
The Magician (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Sweden
  • 1958
  • 101 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #537

Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician (Ansiktet) is an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of deceit from one of cinema’s premier illusionists. Max von Sydow stars as Dr. Vogler, a nineteenth-century traveling mesmerist and peddler of potions whose magic is put to the test in Stockholm by the cruel, eminently rational royal medical adviser Dr. Vergérus. The result is a diabolically clever battle of wits that’s both frightening and funny, shot in rich, gorgeously gothic black and white.

Cast

Albert Emanuel VoglerMax von Sydow
Manda Vogler/AmanIngrid Thulin
Dr. VergérusGunnar Björnstrand
Vogler's grandmotherNaima Wifstrand
Johan SpegelBengt Ekerot
SaraBibi Andersson
Ottilia EgermanGertrud Fridh
SimsonLars Ekborg
StarbeckTovio Pawlo
Consul EgermanErland Josephson
TubalÅke Fridell
Sofia GarpSif Ruud

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • 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

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

A Portrait of the Artist: Olivier Assayas on Bergman’s The Magician

October 12, 2010

This essay originally appeared in the October 1990 issue of Cahiers du cinéma. Translated by Stephen Sarrazin. The Magician is one of Bergman’s most enigmatic films, perhaps his underground . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Magician: Through a Glass Drolly

By Geoff Andrew October 12, 2010

Ingmar Bergman’s Ansiktet (1958)—the title literally translates as The Face, though in North America it was released as The Magician—is arguably one of his most underrated achievements. Its . . . Read more »

Dispatches

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Flashback: Bibi Andersson

By Peter Cowie March 26, 2014

The author recalls his encounters with the great Swedish actress. Read more »


Big Screen


Press Notes

Press Notes: The Magician

October 21, 2010

Bergman for Halloween? Critics seem to be picking up on the horror elements in The Magician, out now on DVD and Blu-ray. At DVD Talk, Jamie S. Rich explains, “The gorgeous black-and-white movie . . . Read more »


Film Essays

A Portrait of the Artist: Olivier Assayas on Bergman’s The Magician

October 12, 2010

This essay originally appeared in the October 1990 issue of Cahiers du cinéma. Translated by Stephen Sarrazin. The Magician is one of Bergman’s most enigmatic films, perhaps his underground . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Magician: Through a Glass Drolly

By Geoff Andrew October 12, 2010

Ingmar Bergman’s Ansiktet (1958)—the title literally translates as The Face, though in North America it was released as The Magician—is arguably one of his most underrated achievements. Its . . . Read more »


News

Bergman in Berlin

October 08, 2010

Just when it seemed like the festival talk was winding down, the Berlin International Film Festival has announced exciting plans for a complete Ingmar Bergman retrospective during its . . . Read more »


Contests

Caption Contest Winners

October 06, 2010

Last month, we asked you to give us a hand in creating brief ad taglines for our October titles. The response, in comments on the Criterion Current, was so overwhelming that we had trouble . . . Read more »

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