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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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DVD Release: March or Die
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Persona
 (From Disc Dish. 17 December 2013, 1:53 PM, PST)

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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)
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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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The character of Vergerus was based on critic Harry Schein who disliked Bergman's work.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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012)See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Weaker Bergman?, 2 June 2006
Author: Django6924 from Hollywood, CA

It's not Bergman as his most tormented or saturnine, but it's thoroughly entertaining, more theatrical (in a good sense) than say Persona or In a Glass, Darkly, and still an unqualified masterpiece on a level of artistry that no one making films today seems to be able to achieve. It makes me think in some ways of Shakespeare's plays like the Henry IV with their mix of tragedy and comedy--all done with tremendous showmanship. I'll bet Orson Welles admired this film-- if he ever saw it.

Bergman seems almost forgotten today. Films like this one, Naked Night, Hour of the Wolf, Persona, etc., hardly ever crop up on TV or film festivals. When Bergman is represented, it's usually by The Seventh Seal (not my favorite, and a film that begs for a parody), Wild Strawberries, Smiles of a Summer Night (because of the musical version, no doubt), or Fanny and Alexander, which is more recent, and most important, in color. What a pity. The man created a body of work virtually unsurpassed in the second half of the 20th century.

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