The Magician (Criterion Collection)

Starring: Max Von Sydow Director: Ingmar Bergman
The Magician (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1958
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: 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
    • 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
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Subtitles - English
    • Swedish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

A.V. Club - 11/03/2010
"THE MAGICIAN mixes drama, comedy, suspense, and philosophical inquirty....It's fascinating to watch a younger, less pessimistic Bergman grapple with the question of the supernatural, and whether a well-crafted illusion can be a kind of miracle." -- Grade: A-
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2011
"[T]his odd gothic puzzle might actually be one of the great Swede's most confessional works..."

Plot Synopsis:

Written and directed by acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, THE MAGICIAN stars Max von Sydow as Albert Vogler, a traveling magician and spiritualist in 19th-century Sweden. Vogler is forced to give proof of his supernatural powers when he and his companions are detained by a suspicious constable and a sardonic doctor upon entering a town in which they are scheduled to give a performance. Part comedy, part melodrama, and part Gothic thriller, this film is an intriguing character study of a man bearing both the characteristics of a charlatan and a visionary.

Plot Keywords:

Ghosts | Murder | Psychodrama | Supernatural | Theatrical Release | Thriller | Vengeance

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: December 26, 1958 (Sweden).
  • Theatrical release: August 27, 1959 (NYC).
  • Winner of a 1959 Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize.
  • Voted One of the Year's Best Foreign Films by the New York Times.

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