The work of cinematographer Gunnar Fischer in all the Bergman films up to this time is a major contribution to the eerie look of this powerful, rather creepy, melodrama. In America, the distributor re-titled the film The Magician and Australia followed suit, but The Face is the correct translation of the original Swedish title.
Presented in association with Sydney Film Festival and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
The Face (Ansiktet)
Seasons & Screenings
13 Jun + 20 Jun
One of Bergman's favourite themes - the duality of the artist - is given commanding treatment in this Gothic tale set in the mid-19th century. Vogler (Max von Sydow), a mesmerist, is travelling with his troupe across Sweden but, at the gates of Stockholm, is refused entry until he has been examined by three officials, one of whom is Vergerus (Gunnar Björnstrand), a doctor. Evoking the aura of both Christ and the Devil, Vogler lures Vergerus into a nightmare of horror.