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The Magician (1958)
"Ansiktet" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  27 August 1959 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Albert Emanuel Vogler
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Manda Vogler (alias Mr. Aman)
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Dr. Vergerus, Minister of Health
Naima Wifstrand ...
Granny Vogler
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Johan Spegel
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Sara Lindqvist
Gertrud Fridh ...
Ottilia Egerman
Lars Ekborg ...
Simson, the coach driver
Toivo Pawlo ...
Police Superintendant Starbeck
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Consul Egerman
Åke Fridell ...
Tubal
Sif Ruud ...
Sofia Garp
Oscar Ljung ...
Antonsson, burly stableman
Ulla Sjöblom ...
Henrietta Starbeck
Axel Düberg ...
Rustan, young manservant
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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 by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Johan Spegel: I've prayed one prayer in my life: Use me, O God! But He never understood what a devoted slave I'd have been. So I was never used... But that too is a lie. Step by step you go into the dark. The movement itself is the only truth.
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A Great Duel Between Science and Magic
29 March 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1846, the Albert Emanuel Vogler (Max Von Sydow) and his magnetic health theater is moving in a coach to Stockholm, escaping from the accusation of charlatanism. By the way, they find a very sick drunken man on the road and give a lift to him. The drunk wants to die, to release his spirit from the spoiled body. The man dies along the journey. Near the border, they are forced to present their show to a group of skeptical persons, leaded by the local chief of police, the consul and the scientist Vergérus (Gunnar Björnstrand) and their families. There is a great confrontation between magic and science.

This movie has a great performance of the whole cast and a great black and white photography. The story, about reality x illusion, is very attractive. The VHS released by the Brazilian distributor Continental is a shame. It seems to be filmed from an English projection, having black stripes covering the English subtitles and trembling image. Unfortunately, this is the unique option I have in Brazil to possess such a film in my collection. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): 'O Rosto' ('The Face')


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