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The Magician


Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1958


Reading reports of a variety of supernatural disturbances at Vogler’s prior performances abroad, the leading townspeople request that ’Vogler’s Magnetic Health Theater’ provides them a sample of their act, before allowing them public audiences.

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The Magician Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Critics reviews

In its shifty conflation of genres and moods, as well as its ability to entrance even as it debunks, The Magician is a compelling and witty fable about the irresistible powers of art and shows that Bergman was not only obsessed with self-exposure, as he alleged was true of Ibsen, but was not above self-mockery.
February 05, 2018
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Along with fine performances by Bergman regulars Max von Sydow, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, and Erland Josephson, THE MAGICIAN also features striking camerawork by his first main cinematographer, Gunnar Fischer (in one of his last collaborations with Bergman).
October 04, 2007
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