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The Magician (1958)

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Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 27 August 1959 (USA)
When 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports of a variety of supernatural disturbances at Vogler's prior performances abroad, the ... See full summary »

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When 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports of a variety of supernatural disturbances at Vogler's prior performances abroad, the leading townspeople (including the police chief and medical examiner) request that their troupe provide them a sample of their act, before allowing them public audiences. The scientific-minded disbelievers try to expose them as charlatans, but Vogler and his crew prove too clever for them. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Avid Bergman fan Woody Allen says this film is his recommended starting point for watching Bergman. See more »

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Manda Vogler: It's meaningless.
Dr. Vergerus, Minister of Health: So I can put my mind at ease?
Manda Vogler: Yes, put your mind at ease. We can demonstrate our incompetence as often as you like.
Dr. Vergerus, Minister of Health: You seem to regret the fact and wish it were otherwise. But there are no miracles. It's always the props and the patter that must do the work. The clergy's in the same sad boat. God is silent while men babble on.
Manda Vogler: If just once...
Dr. Vergerus, Minister of Health: That's what they all say, "If just once..." For the nonbelievers, but especially for the believers. "If just once..."
Manda Vogler: If just once... ...
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"The Tortured Soul of an Artist or Smiles of a Summer Night meets Hour of the Wolf."
17 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

With the exception for the abrupt and somehow rushed and unsatisfying ending, "Magician" is a typical (in a good sense of the word) Bergman's film that I liked a lot. I would call it "The Tortured Soul of an Artist or Smiles of a Summer Night meets Hour of the Wolf." I did not know what to expect from the film and was pleasantly surprised by an interesting story; impressive (especially in the earlier scenes in the woods) black and white cinematography; perfect blend of humor, intense drama, and mystery. Acting was perfect - not a big surprise with the cast like that: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bibi Andersson, and Erland Josephson. I'd like to mention Naima Wifstrand as Granny Vogler - what a great actress and what a character - she stepped out from the pages of the fairy tales, the old witch, wise and powerful; she also provides many comical scenes.

7.5/10


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