The Magician

The Magician

Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1958 • Sweden
Starring Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand

With THE MAGICIAN, an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of chicanery that doubles as a symbolic portrait of the artist as a deceiver, Ingmar Bergman proved himself to be 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 (Gunnar Björnstrand). The result is a diabolically clever battle of wits that’s both frightening and funny, shot by Gunnar Fischer in rich, gorgeously gothic black and white.

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The Magician
  • The Magician

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1958 • Sweden
    Starring Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand

    With THE MAGICIAN, an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of chicanery that doubles as a symbolic portrait of the artist as a deceiver, Ingmar Bergman proved himself to be one of cinema’s premier illusionists....

Extras

  • Peter Cowie on THE MAGICIAN

    In this visual essay, Peter Cowie, one of the world’s leading experts on Ingmar Bergman, discusses many of the themes in THE MAGICIAN and places them within the context of the director’s body of work.

  • Ingmar Bergman on THE MAGICIAN

    In the two interview excerpts presented here, director Ingmar Bergman discusses THE MAGICIAN. The first is from a 1967 interview conducted for Swedish television. The second is from an audio interview conducted in 1990 by French director Olivier Assayas and Swedish author and documentary filmmake...