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.

By: GA


Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
Max von Sydow
Ingrid Thulin
Gunnar Björnstrand
Ake Fridell
Naima Wifstrand
Bibi Andersson
Bengt Ekerot
Erland Josephson
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