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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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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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"Light" Bergman?, 7 August 2011
Author: Tim Kidner (tim@kidnerpix.com) from Salisbury, United Kingdom

Some reviewers have set themselves out to compare The Magician squarely against Ingmar's previous two masterpieces, The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries and mark The Magician down, unfairly. It almost cannot be possible to attain the dizzy heights of adulation of those two and as such, we are treated something lighter and possibly, more enjoyable.

Mr Bergman, in his long illustrious career covered many types of subjects. Starting with straightforward and rather dull dramas, through kitchen-sink (Ikea style?!!) and onto the darker shades of human psychology. And beyond, sometimes.

The Seventh Seal succeeded due to its extraordinary storytelling and imagery - along with just about everything else. Wild Strawberries due to its poignancy and leading performances that resonated with a sense of recognition and support in its audience. Other titles offer dark, deep blackly brooding death obsessed monologues that brush against exquisite period dramas of superb detail and cinematography.

The Magician, though has always been one of my favourites. Neither comedy nor horror film but light, often humorous drama that touches upon the Wonder in us all. We all want to see behind a master of illusion and the mixture of nostalgia, set in the comparatively fairytale setting of Scandinavia. I almost find it more akin to Conan Doyle than the witch- hunting or almost unfathomable symbolisms found in many other Bergman's.

As Bergman is one of my favourite directors of all time, warts and all and have 47 of his films I'd say this has much to offer, both to fans such as myself as well being good family entertainment that strengthens his cinematic arsenal, not weakens it.

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