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Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Sweden 1958 101 mins. In Swedish

When a 19th-century traveling medicine show makes its way into town, the locals subject its performers to a battery of scientific tests to challenge the supposed magic. Max Von Sydow plays the shadowy conjurer-hypnotist Vogler, whose identity is as transient as the troupe’s gypsy caravan. Ingrid Thulin is his wife Manda, a coolly beautiful con artist who challenges  gender archetypes. Part grifter mystery, part gothic Grimm fairytale, The Magician is a clever and sometimes comic psychological “thinking man’s horror film” that meditates on classic Bergman themes of belief vs. agnosticism, art vs. science, and truth and illusion. In Swedish with English subtitles.

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