Austin Film Society presents The Magician
Max Von Sydow’s face was made for cinema his starry-eyed gaze is redolent of silent film stars. This expressionist quality is at its height in The Magician, in which he spends a great deal of the film performing without speech. In this battle of the wits between a Victorian-era traveling showman and a corrupt doctor, Van Sydow’s character is essentially an Ingmar Bergman stand-in, a frustrated artist facing off against a bureaucratic and morally corroded society. Eerie and gorgeously shot in shadowy black and white The Magician casts a marvelous spell.