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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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DVD Release: March or Die
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Persona
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A Great Duel Between Science and Magic See more (20 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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)
 
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Additional Details

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:
Max von Sydow's character Vogler doesn't utter his first word until one hour and three minutes into the film.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Great Duel Between Science and Magic, 29 March 2004
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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