Ingmar Bergman

The Magician

The Magician

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.

Film Info

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sweden
  • 1958
  • 101 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #537

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

The Magician
Cast
Max von Sydow
Albert Emanuel Vogler
Ingrid Thulin
Manda Vogler/Aman
Gunnar Björnstrand
Dr. Vergérus
Naima Wifstrand
Vogler's grandmother
Bengt Ekerot
Johan Spegel
Bibi Andersson
Sara
Gertrud Fridh
Ottilia Egerman
Lars Ekborg
Simson
Tovio Pawlo
Starbeck
Erland Josephson
Consul Egerman
Åke Fridell
Tubal
Sif Ruud
Sofia Garp
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Camera
Gunnar Fischer
Production design
P. A. Lundgren
Music
Erik Nordgren
Editing
Oscar Rosander
Sound
Aaby Wedin
Sound
Ake Hansson
Costume design
Greta Johansson
Costume design
Manne Lindholm

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Ingmar Bergman

Writer, Director

The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.