The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face) (1958)
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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.
Dec 26, 1958 Wide
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The movie has elements of Gothic horror and philosophy, along with lusty, low comedy rolls.
Tremendously important Bergman, even it it doesn't have the instant cachet of his more famous and direct movies.
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]
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
THe Magician is still fascinating, presenting a myriad of challenging ideas about magic, reality, and the nature of film itself.
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