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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 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Magician: Through a Glass Drolly

By Geoff AndrewOctober 12, 2010

Ingmar Bergman’s Ansiktet (1958)—the title literally translates as The Face, though in North . . . Read more »

Web Exclusives

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Flashback: Bibi Andersson

By Peter CowieMarch 26, 2014

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


Video


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, . . . 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 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Magician: Through a Glass Drolly

By Geoff AndrewOctober 12, 2010

Ingmar Bergman’s Ansiktet (1958)—the title literally translates as The Face, though in North . . . Read more »


News

Bergman in Berlin

October 08, 2010

Just when it seemed like the festival talk was winding down, the Berlin International Film . . . 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 . . . Read more »

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