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Writer:
Ingmar Bergman (writer)
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Release Date:
27 August 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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(45 articles)
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Surprisingly Superb See more (21 total) »

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 original Swedish title is "Ansiktet" which means "the face". It was released theatrically in the United Kingdom as "The Face".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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Referenced in Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012)See more »

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32 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly Superb, 19 March 2003
Author: ian_harris from London, England

I didn't expect to like this movie, given its period, headline subject matter etc. But don't let those factors put you off, there is real depth and some top notch scenes in this surprisingly superb movie.

Max von Sydow, Gunner Bjornstrand and Ingrid Thulin are three of Bergman's most consistent quality performers and all three have major roles in this film. There are a fair number of stereotypical character parts, mostly performed by ensemble quality character actors. Bibi Andersson is capable of far more than her giggly girl part enables her to show in this film. Indeed, there is some comedic material in this film reminiscent of Smiles of a Summer Night, but don't mistake this movie for one of Bergman's less masterful light pieces, this has real depth and substance.

There are some amazing bits of cinematography, especially the early scenes. The pacing of the movie is masterful, as is the clever use of parallels in the story - the failed actor "dying" and then reviving is a prelude to the pivotal incident around Vogler's "demise".

Top notch scenes include Mrs Egerman opening up to Vogler - she seems so lost - also both scenes in which Bjornstrand's character (Vergerus) insists that he was not taken in by the "magic".

This is now in my Bergman top 5, which makes it a "must see" in my book.

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