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Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician (Ansiktet) is an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of deceit from one of cinema’s premier illusionists. Max von Sydow stars as Dr. Vogler, a nineteenth-century traveling mesmerist and peddler of potions whose magic is put to the test in Stockholm by the cruel, eminently rational royal medical adviser Dr. Vergérus. The result is a diabolically clever battle of wits that’s both frightening and funny, shot in rich, gorgeously gothic black and white.

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Special Features New, restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) New visual essay by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie Brief 1967 video interview with director Ingmar Bergman about the film Rare English-language audio interview with Bergman conducted by filmmakers Olivier Assayas and Stig Björkman in 1990 New and improved English subtitle translation PLUS: A booklet featuring excerpts from a 1990 tribute to the film by Assayas, a new essay by critic Geoff Andrew, and an excerpt from Bergman’s autobiography Images: My Life in Film

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