When magician Albert Vogler (von Sydow) and his rag-tag group of illusionists make a stop, disturbances soon follow. Upon arriving at the capitol city in Sweden, they're met at the border by police and taken to a group of concerned town elders led by the skeptic Dr. Vergerus (Bjornstrand) who attempt to prove the small troupe is a group of charlatans. Over the course of one fraught day, reality and illusion will intermingle, and by the end, no one will be sure of the truth of Vogler's powers.
The career of Ingmar Bergman is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Sandwiched between early legendary works "Wild Strawberries" and "The Seventh Seal" and his famous chamber drama trilogy ("Through A Glass Darkly"/ "Winter Light"/ "The Silence"), "The Magician" has never quite gotten its due — until now. Moodily expressive photography, intense performances (especially from Bergman veterans von Sydow and Bjornstrand) and a nuanced script make for a fascinating, enigmatic chiller. Watch, and fall under its spell.