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Let's hear it for Naima Wifstrand


She had quite a career http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0927711/bio and was simply wonderful in this movie (quite a scene stealer) and also especially good in "Smiles of a Summer Night"

Some memorable dialogue - made me smile - from The Magician:

Granny Vogler: Why the tears, little lizard?
Sanna: Are you a witch?
Granny Vogler: Maybe I am.
Sanna: I'm so scared of everything tonight. And you're so old and ugly.
Granny Vogler: So will you be, little lizard, when you reach two hundred.
Sanna: Are you that old?
Granny Vogler: Oh yes, I am.

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Naima Wifstrand was fantastic in this film as the grand dame of illusion. Her scenes were a little funny and a whole lot scary. I loved her in "Smiles of a Summer Night," "Hour of the Wolf" and "Wild Stawberries" as well. She was excellent in Bergman films, and it's too bad she wasn't around to grace his '70s productions.

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"Granny Vogler: Why the tears, little lizard?"

Interesting that with the new subtitles for Criterion, this became "little ant".

"'Nature,' Mr. Allnut, is what we are put here to rrrrrriiiiise above!"

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Little ant is even more endearing, in my opinion. Not that I have anything against lizards. I have had several lizard friends.


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