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The Magician

The Magician
Movie: The Magician(1958)[tt0051365] When 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports of a variety of supernatural disturbances at Vogler's prior performances abroad, the leading townspeople (including the police chief and medical examiner) request that their troupe provide them a sample of their act, before allowing them public audiences. The scientific-minded disbelievers try to expose them as charlatans, but Vogler and his crew prove too clever for them. Written byTad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Title The Magician
Release Date 26 December 1958 (Sweden)
Runtime
Genres Comedy, Drama
Production Companies Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow...
Albert Emanuel Vogler...
Ingrid Thulin
Ingrid Thulin...
Manda Vogler (alias Mr. A...
Gunnar Björnstrand
Gunnar Björnstrand...
Dr. Vergerus, Minister of...
Naima Wifstrand
Naima Wifstrand...
Granny Vogler...
Bengt Ekerot
Bengt Ekerot...
Johan Spegel...
Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson...
Sara Lindqvist...
Gertrud Fridh
Gertrud Fridh...
Ottilia Egerman...
Lars Ekborg
Lars Ekborg...
Simson, the coach driver...
Toivo Pawlo
Toivo Pawlo...
Police Superintendant Sta...
Erland Josephson
Erland Josephson...
Consul Egerman...
Åke Fridell
Åke Fridell...
Tubal...
Sif Ruud
Sif Ruud...
Sofia Garp...
Oscar Ljung
Oscar Ljung...
Antonsson, burly stablema...
Ulla Sjöblom
Ulla Sjöblom...
Henrietta Starbeck...
Axel Düberg
Axel Düberg...
Rustan, young manservant...

Reviews

ian_harris on 19 March 2003
I didn't expect to like this movie, given its period, headline subject matter etc. But don't let those factors put you off, there is real depth and some top notch scenes in this surprisingly superb movie. Max von Sydow, Gunner Bjornstrand and Ingrid Thulin are three of Bergman's most consistent quality performers and all three have major roles in this film. There are a fair number of stereotypical character parts, mostly performed by ensemble quality character actors. Bibi Andersson is capable of far more than her giggly girl part enables her to show in this film. Indeed, there is some comedic material in this film reminiscent of Smiles of a Summer Night, but don't mistake this movie for one of Bergman's less masterful light pieces, this has real depth and substance.There are some amazing bits of cinematography, especially the early scenes. The pacing of the movie is masterful, as is the clever use of parallels in the story - the failed actor "dying" and then reviving is a prelude to the pivotal incident around Vogler's "demise".Top notch scenes include Mrs Egerman opening up to Vogler - she seems so lost - also both scenes in which Bjornstrand's character (Vergerus) insists that he was not taken in by the "magic".This is now in my Bergman top 5, which makes it a "must see" in my book.

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