The Magician (1958)

INGMAR BERGMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Ansiktet

Sweden, 1958.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .

Max von Sydow 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.

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