Everyone except the eternally idle, the immature and clinically over-cynical teenagers can sit through this and find something enjoyable - even the music and scenery the caption reads: Bagdad, but in fact it's Granada, Spain. One of these is a little quicker the one you'll see involving 'invisible chains. Vergerus has the drop on the frozen-out troupe, but a consequential skulduggery is in the pipeline aiming to turn the table and Bergman really jumps the shark to ensure that to happen in its money shot, which takes place inside a locked attic, where Dr. My three year old son still joins in shouting 'Parisa! If you are not a registered user please send us an email to info filmaffinity. Their efforts end in a farcical climax through love, sexuality, psychology and supernatural phenomena. A lot of Bergman favorites like Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Ingrid Thulin, and Bibi Anderson all star in the Magician, and they're all as good as ever.
As is normally the case under the master director, the cast are uniformally strong. One of the doctor's wives actually takes a liking to Vogler - it should also be noted this is over the course of a night - and it's one of those scenes that is so striking for the tension in Sydow's face, how everything is building up inside of him. Ingrid Thulin as Manda Vogler alias Mr. This is, without a doubt, one of Bergman's lighter films. It wouldn't have been such a great thing for a real magic - empowered person to scare them.
Watch this a couple of times. Anthony Blake is a very compassionate and wealthy magician, who uses his talents as an illusionist and escape artist to help people in trouble. So that they can see if the performance is fit for public consumption. I thought he was just great for the part and plays it well. His character was captured by the irony of life and spiritual poverty.
I might also add that it makes a very pleasant change to see a movie in English where the bloke who says 'Allah' in his sentences is not some dreadful caricatured half-mad terrorist looking to kill innocents. The phenomena that we do not understand are sometimes exciting. Acting was perfect - not a big surprise with the cast like that: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bibi Andersson, and Erland Josephson. Max Von Sydow is given the most intriguing part to play, and he pulls it off well, but Ingrid Thulin and Naima Wifstrand both deserve mentions for breathing life into their fey characters too. He captures the dark halls of Mr.
Hoping to expose all involved in the theatre as charlatans, the disbelievers request a personal show before allowing the show to go public. The apparently abrupt turn of events at the end is Bergman's signal that he is the master of your perceptions in this medium, that he compares to the experience of dreaming. The Magician is set in the mid 19th century and is Bergman right after the one-two punch of The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries continuing his cinematic inquest into truth and enlightenment. The Seventh Seal succeeded due to its extraordinary storytelling and imagery - along with just about everything else. It was one of the first three anime films to be released in America, under the title Panda and the Magic Serpent, premiering in 1961, the month after. So they are asked to come perform for Dr.
The film is about illusions ultimately, and those who are too critical to suspend their disbelief. There are a fair number of stereotypical character parts, mostly performed by ensemble quality character actors. But even though The Magician lacks the depth of some of his other films, Ingmar Bergman's skill and style are still present. And it's even noted that they are charlatans by one of the members in a key scene. I almost find it more akin to Conan Doyle than the witch- hunting or almost unfathomable symbolisms found in many other Bergman's. He only wants to perform his miracles for the masses.
In the second, without saying too much, Vergerus does do an autopsy on a character late in the story, and this is something closest to a horror movie ten years before Hour of the Wolf no less and how Bjornstrand moves in this attic, how the elements may be playing 'tricks' on him, but most importantly how Bergman is making his own magic trick going on is shocking and a lot of fun. The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad is one of my all time favourite movies. It seems to be filmed from an English projection, having black stripes covering the English subtitles and trembling image. Seen a second time the illusionist begins to emerge more clearly, from the moment the film opens, with the lighting of the arc lamp of a film projector. It's said that Emanuel Vogler is based on Bergman himself, Vergérus on the Swedish film critic Harry Schein and Manda Vogler on Inrid Thulin. Its good to be able to sit down with the kids and watch a film that everyone likes for a change. This melancholy magician, doubted and persecuted by the powerful, surrounded by strange and suspicious persons, is simultaneously visionary and earthy flesh and blood.
But hey, so did Hitchcock with Psycho, right? The Magician is no exception. The comedy made the dark side hard to take seriously, and the serious, creepy elements made the comedy feel all the more wedged in. I'd like to mention Naima Wifstrand as Granny Vogler - what a great actress and what a character - she stepped out from the pages of the fairy tales, the old witch, wise and powerful; she also provides many comical scenes. It is a bit hard though interpreting exactly what Bergman intended by some of the oddities that he has placed in, such as dispersing poison to a young man. Its not Shakespeare after all.