the magician

DVD - 2010 | Swedish
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In 1846, Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater has developed quite a controversial reputation for its mesmerizing performances. The troupe consists of magician Dr. Albert Emanuel Vogler, his assistant Aman (his wife Manda disguised as a man), Granny the elderly potion mistress, coach driver Simson, and the sly barker Tubal. On the outskirts of Stockholm, Consul Abraham Egerman, Police Chief Starbeck, and Dr. Vergerus, the Royal Medical Adviser meet and detain them. These men believe the magician to be a charlatan, and are suspicious of his supposedly astonishing magic show, and demand to inspect it for themselves before it is shown to the general public. So a private show is performed as Vergerus and Vogler engage in their own battle of wills. Who will win this conflict between science and superstition?
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2010
ISBN: 9781604653380
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (33 p. : b&w ill. ; 19 cm.)


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Jun 19, 2016

I have to say this earlier Bergman film is not one of his better works. But, shot in B&W, it is still a Bergman film and hence worth watching.

May 18, 2015

Perhaps The Magician is my favorite early Bergman. It is at once creepy and funny, intellectual and bawdy, and always beautifully shot. Overlying all of this is a serious consideration of what reality is and where limits are or should be placed.

Nov 28, 2013

One of Bergman's stronger films, this is another story of the artist's conflict with society and its norms. Max von Sydow and Ingrid Thulin are excellent.


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