The Face (1958)

Ansiktet / The Magician
Feature Film | Horror | Sweden | Swedish | 1h40m
Dir: Ingmar Bergman | Scr: Ingmar Bergman | Ph: Gunnar Fischer | Mus: Erik Nordgren | Ed: Oscar Rosander | PD: P.A. Lundgren | Snd: Åke Hansson & Aaby Wedin | Cast: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Naima Wifstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Bibi Andersson, Gertrud Fridh, Lars Ekborg, Toivo Pawlo, Erland Josephson, Åke Fridell, Sif Ruud, Oscar Ljung, Ulla Sjöblom, Axel Düberg, Birgitta Pettersson

A band of travelling magicians spends an eventful night at the house of an eminent doctor, who is keen to disprove reports of paranormal activity, mixing with those both above and below stairs as they do so, in Bergman’s disquieting 1840s-set horror film. Exquisite photography, expert performances, and a discomfitingly uneven tone combine to beguilingly unpredictable effect.