Photo courtesy of Austin Film Society

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.

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.

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.

WHEN

WHERE

AFS Cinema
6406 N. I-35 Frontage Rd.
Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78752
https://www.austinfilm.org/screening/the-magician/

TICKET INFO

$9; member discounts available
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