Capital Celluloid 2024 — Day 113: Mon Apr 22

The Magician (Bergman, 1958): Prince Charles Cinema, 3.45pm

This rarely seen Ingmar Bergman film is being screened from 35mm and is also being shown  at the Prince Charles Cinema on April 10th and May 8th. Full details here.

Time Out review:
Widely underrated, probably because of its strong comic elements and a tour-de-force scene derived from horror movie conventions, Ingmar Bergman's chilling exploration of charlatanism is in fact one of his most genuinely enjoyable films. Max 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 (Gunnar 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.
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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