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Writer:
Ingmar Bergman (writer)
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Release Date:
27 August 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Spine-Chilling! Suspenseful! Mind Shattering! See more »
Plot:
When 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Max von Sydow ... Albert Emanuel Vogler

Ingrid Thulin ... Manda Vogler (alias Mr. Aman)

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Dr. Vergerus, Minister of Health
Naima Wifstrand ... Granny Vogler

Bengt Ekerot ... Johan Spegel

Bibi Andersson ... Sara Lindqvist
Gertrud Fridh ... Ottilia Egerman
Lars Ekborg ... Simson, the coach driver
Toivo Pawlo ... Police Superintendant Starbeck

Erland Josephson ... Consul Egerman
Åke Fridell ... Tubal
Sif Ruud ... Sofia Garp
Oscar Ljung ... Antonsson, burly stableman
Ulla Sjöblom ... Henrietta Starbeck
Axel Düberg ... Rustan, young manservant

Birgitta Pettersson ... Sanna
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frithiof Bjärne ... Border Officer (uncredited)
Tor Borong ... Border Officer (uncredited)
Arne Martensson ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Harry Schein ... Customs officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  writer

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren 
 
Cinematography by
Gunnar Fischer 
 
Film Editing by
Oscar Rosander 
 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
 
Costume Design by
Greta Johansson 
Manne Lindholm 
 
Makeup Department
Börje Lundh .... makeup artist
Nils Nittel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Carl-Henry Cagarp .... studio production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gösta Ekman .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... property master (as Karl Arne Bergman)
 
Sound Department
Åke Hansson .... sound
Aaby Wedin .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rolf Holmquist .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Eskil Eckert-Lundin .... conductor (as E. Eckert-Lundin)
 
Other crew
Katinka Faragó .... script supervisor (as Katherina Faragó)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Ansiktet" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
100 min | UK:107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1960) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | UK:X | UK:PG (video rating) (2001) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The character of Vergerus was based on critic Harry Schein who disliked Bergman's work.See more »
Quotes:
Granny Vogler:Why the tears, little lizard?
Sanna:Are you a witch?
Granny Vogler:Maybe I am.
Sanna:I'm so scared of everything tonight. And you're so old and ugly.
Granny Vogler:So will you be, little lizard, when you reach two hundred.
Sanna:Are you that old?
Granny Vogler:Oh yes, I am.
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Religious symbolism in Ansiktet (The Magician), 5 September 2006
Author: yabullar from United States

Most of Ingmar Bergman's films are meant to titillate the intellect. The Magician is no exception. It is rich with symbolism. I think it ranks right up there with "Death in Venice" on the list of misunderstood movies.

I believe the most rewarding level of meaning in "The Magician" is the religious one. Bergman was often concerned with the implications of religious beliefs. And almost always from the attitude of doubt. Consider the lines in The Seventh Seal where the vicious monk, annoyed with the knight's persistence, asks, "Will you never stop asking questions?" and the knight replies resolutely, "No. Never."

Watching this movie with the idea of Vogler as Jesus provides a perspective that informs the characters and their conduct. This melancholy magician, doubted and persecuted by the powerful, surrounded by strange and suspicious persons, is simultaneously visionary and earthy flesh and blood. He only wants to perform his miracles for the masses. Or is he a charlatan? What a powerful way to pose that question.

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