Detroit Film Theatre


Sunday, December 09, 2007

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

(Sweden—1975—directed by Ingmar Bergman)

Drawing equally on his experience in both theatre and movies, Bergman created one of the most purely joyous recreations of a theatrical event ever put on film with his 1975 adaptation of Mozart’s sublime opera. A playful, melodious and ingeniously staged work of pure pleasure, The Magic Flute’s simple, eloquent story – about a devoted young man determined to rescue the princess he loves – is miraculously ennobled in Bergman’s generous conception, which celebrates not only the love, redemption and faith of the characters, but is also an ode to the exhilarating power of theatre itself. For those who’ve only been exposed to the “darker” visions of some of Bergman’s other masterworks, The Magic Flute will come as a revelation – and it will be obvious why Bergman wrote that “making this film was the best time of my life.” In Swedish with English subtitles. (135 min.)

“A blissful present. Bergman has treated Mozart’s peerlessly silly masterpiece with elegance and affection.” -Pauline Kael, The New Yorker