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While The Magician is gripping on its own merits, the Criterion Collection includes several extras that shed additional light on the film. Peter Cowie, a Bergman expert, narrates an excellent mini-documentary about The Magician, saying he believes Bergman made the film in response to his many critics, especially from his days as a theater director in the '50s in Sweden. Cowie's feature is an essential accompaniment to viewing The Magician in its context. Other rich extras include a mini-biography of Bergman, an interview with Bergman from 1967, and a booklet with an essay by film scholar Geoff Andrew. The Magician is an absolutely essential film for any Bergman fan. --A.T. Hurley
Great movie that has atmosphere and suspense - A Bergman film noir horror masterpiece.
Even the look is similar; Max Von Sydow is the "perfect choice of actor" in portraying this hypnotist, con-artist, or real magician.
Truth seems to be in question much of the time but doesn't seem to suffer never surfacing especially at the end.
Bought this originally in the VHS budget bin in 1984. Awful transfer ,but was interesting and addicting.Then bought Region 2 DVD after 9-11, and was very pleased. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert K. Vidervol
Eh? Ho hum story. I got rid of it as was pretty snorish.Published 4 months ago by Thomas Truthsayer
I trasured my VHS tape of this work dubbed so beaugtifully in English. Pleae find me another. I would also buy Virgin Spring and The Seventh Veil if you can find them dubbed in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert Baum
After much consideration i purchased a copy of Bergman's The Magician. The plot as well as the cover art and stills had me highly intrigued. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Battle
Made after the successes of Bergman's "Smiles of a Summer Night", "The Seventh Seal", and "Wild Strawberries", this film often gets overlooked. Read morePublished 18 months ago by macdougallgreen6
Like Mel Gibson's "Get The Gringo," this story is designed to send a message directly to the gate keepers and taste makers of international cinema. Read morePublished 22 months ago by mr. contrarian
If you are bergman fan , this is a must see, and a must have to see it again and again.McAbePublished 22 months ago by Mcabe
I first saw it in a Bergman retrospective (sandwiched between Seventh Seal & Strawberries) and it just blew me away. The use of shadow in the movie was enlightening! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Zorbear