- Actors: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Naima Wifstrand, Bengt Ekerot
- Directors: Ingmar Bergman
- Writers: Ingmar Bergman
- Producers: Allan Ekelund
- Format: PAL
- Language: Swedish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Tartan
- DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2001
- Run Time: 97 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005MKXD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,952 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Magician [DVD]
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Max von Sydow plays a 19th century mesmerist who is charged with blasphemy and questioned by the authorities, in an attempt to prove him a fraud. Ingmar Bergman directs. Also availalbe as part of an Ingmar Bergman Collection.
A sort of existential horror movie set in what often feels like a darkly imaginary 1846, The Magician is Ingmar Bergman's meditation on the restrictive nature of modern rationalism. Max Von Sydow cuts a suitably melancholy and mystical figure as Dr Vogler, the mute hypnotist who travels with a group of players to Stockholm, only to be examined and humiliated by a team of sceptical inquisitors led by Gunnar Bjornstrand's Dr Vergerus and a hog-like police chief. Dr Vogler exacts his revenge on Vergerus, however, in an extraordinary feat of illusion.
With its elaborate, occasionally expressionistic sets and its feel of a scrupulously re-enacted nightmare, The Magician is reminiscent at times of Poe or even The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. However, the "below stairs" characters--including Ake Fridell's ebullient Master of Ceremonies and a host of giggling wenches--add comic energy to what is otherwise a startling and sombre reflection of the nature of art and life. It would prove a turning point in Bergman's career as he moved away from his early, "romantic" period.
On the DVD: Presented in the original academy ratio, the mix of soft light and harsh shade for which credit should go to photographer Gunnar Fischer, is well-restored here. In notes from his memoirs included here, Bergman relates how his adventures and privations as part of a theatre company in Malmo provided inspiration for The Magician, while critic Ronald Bergman's notes talk of "the ability of the artist to find truth in both fact and fantasy". --David Stubbs
Top Customer Reviews
'The Magician' doesn't have many slapstick gags or zany one liners, and it retains the doom-laden, oppressive atmosphere of 'The Seventh Seal', so don't come to 'The Magician' if you are in the mood for Chevy Chase. If you are exploring Bergman's work, though, this should be a priority buy, ahead of the minor works of the 40s which Tartan are now releasing, as it is a fascinating and important film. As ever, Max von Sydow is majestic.
I would have preferred to see this released as 'The Face', which is the actual translation of the Swedish title and the proper UK title, rather than the American title Tartan have gone with. This is a minor gripe though and the print of the film is excellent. All in all, highly recommended.
But here we have a quite different tale indeed, which quite brilliantly puts both 'superstitious' belief and Enlightenment 'reason' to the test, only to find both are basically a performance - the alpha strut of human mastery over a universe than cannot be known or accounted for by any system, whether made up of old-world 'mumbo jumbo' or the 'objectivity' of science.
The film is probably in part less popular than Bergman's other works of this period because its main characters are rather cold and uninviting. The closest here to Bergman's 1950s life-affirming figure is (again) Bibi Andersson's character, but compared to earlier films she is mainly a playful side-performer in the main game. The spotlight is on more grim figures that don't have the time for her frivolities: Max von Sydow is the magician, and his enigmatic assistant/lover is played by Ingrid Thulin. Together they move like paranoid mannequins or ghosts from another age, acting like they are always under risk of oppression.Read more ›
But therein lies a problem for UK and European buyers…
The US issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.
Until such time as someone else gives “The Magician” a REGION B and C release – check your BLU RAY player has the capacity to play REGION A – before you fork out for the pricey Criterion issue…
Dr Vogler brings his magicians troupe to a small swedish town where he is humilated by smalltown cynics,causing him to perform his greatest deception......
Throughout the picture the genius of Bergman shines through, the careful interiors, the crackling dialogue(more akin to theatre than film) and the unsettling eerie Nordic mix of fairytale and reality.
In summary this film is all about illusion but is grounded in reality,flights of fancy are not what Bergman is about, his every second is about the human mind,human existence and human reality.
Overall a spell-binding film, the only weaknesses are possibly in the rushed ending. Tartan DVD add directors notes as extras and the overall picture quality is very good
They have been invited to stay at the inn where they are to perform. There are elements of fairy tale and horror show,ghosts, dying and dead actors. In one of the acts the chief of police's wife reveals he's a fraud. Another man, a driver, attempts to kill Vogler to escape his power. Vogler enacts a terrible revenge on Dr. Vergerus. In this little allegory Bergman was drawing on his theatrical experiences: the duality of artists in a closed world of illusions and the ambiguous relationship with the world outside. He had to beguile the audience.Filmic art represented the longing for pure artistry(the dying actor expresses this). Bergman's true target was a film critic married at the time to Thulin. This film is a perfect example of the best of his early work. Von Sydow's illusionist is related to the wordless actress Vogler (L.Ullman ) in Persona.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a comedy, but it isn't difficult to see that it could have been a much more light-hearted movie than it turns out to be. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stanley Crowe
Strange Bergman film (and there are a few). I doubt whether you will have seen anything like this but I am really pleased it exists. Read morePublished 22 months ago by LeBrit
A consummate exposition of prestidigitation, trickery and downright skullduggery - carried out in an entertaining way. This gives the film an enjoyable lightness. Read morePublished on 25 Dec. 2014 by Dr. David Francis Seelig
I have actually not watched the DVD delivered. It is a gift for a friend of mine. i know, however, that it is a damn good movie.Published on 9 May 2014 by Carlberg Mats
When a magician arrives in a new town he is quizzed by the local authorities, some of whom are deeply skeptical of the 'magic' on show. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2014 by Claudia Saatchi
An outstanding looking, very odd mix of somewhat broad comedy, horror
film, and (of course) Bergman's metaphysical musings. Read more
Some reviewers have set themselves out to compare The Magician squarely against Ingmar's previous two masterpieces, The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries and mark The Magician... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2012 by Tim Kidner
Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater rolls into town and is promptly summoned for a meet with the town big wigs. Read morePublished on 7 Sept. 2011 by Spike Owen