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Time Out says

Widely underrated, probably because of its strong comic elements and a tour-de-force scene derived from horror movie conventions, Bergman's chilling exploration of charlatanism is in fact one of his most genuinely enjoyable films. Von Sydow is the 19th century magician/mesmerist Volger, on the run with his troupe from debts and charges of blasphemy, whose diabolical talents are put to the test by the cynical rationalist Dr Vergerus (Björnstrand); their clash results in humiliation, doubt, and death. Much of the film is devoted to wittily ironic sideswipes at bourgeois hypocrisy; more forceful, however, is the way Bergman transforms Volger's ultimately futile act of revenge into a sequence of nightmarish suspense.
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Release Details

  • Duration:102 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Ingmar Bergman
  • Screenwriter:Ingmar Bergman
  • Cast:
    • Max von Sydow
    • Ingrid Thulin
    • Gunnar Björnstrand
    • Ake Fridell
    • Naima Wifstrand
    • Bibi Andersson
    • Bengt Ekerot
    • Erland Josephson
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