The Magician (Ansiktet)


(out of 5)

is excellent as a conjurer who travels the countryside performing for villagers to make his living. He and his troupe arrive in a small town hoping to set up their spectacle, but the townsfolk have heard of their reputation for causing trouble and so request a sample of their show before allowing them to stay. The meticulously-designed sets and lush black-and-white photography makes it among Bergman’s most beautiful films, but the story isn’t as heavy as his usual fare and therefore isn’t as effective as it should be.

Svensk Filmindustri

Sweden, 1958

Directed by

Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection



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