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THE MAGICIAN (aka THE FACE)

THE MAGICIAN (aka THE FACE)

  • Directed by Ingmar Bergman
  • Starring Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bibi Andersson
  • 1958 | 97mins | Sweden | (PG)

Dr. Vogler (Max von Sydow) is a hypnotist, a magician and the leader of "Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater," a traveling performance troupe known for their apparently supernatural abilities. When Vogler's show arrives in Stockholm, the skeptical townspeople form a committee determined to disprove the supposedly magical abilities of the troupe. The locals, headed by a cruel medical official (Gunnar Björnstrand), fail to rationally explain Vogler's feats -- and events take a disturbing turn.