The Magic Flute
(Sweden/1975—directed by Ingmar Bergman)
This scintillating screen version of Mozart’s beloved opera showed Bergman’s deep knowledge of music and his gift for expressing it in filmic terms; here, the great director attained a sublime melding of the cinematic and the theatrical. Casting some of Europe’s finest soloists—among them Josef Köstlinger and Håkan Hagegård—Bergman lovingly recreated the colorful, baroque theater of the Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm to tell the story of the prince Tamino and his zestful sidekick Papageno, who are determined to save a princess from the clutches of evil.
A lyrical and ennobling celebration of love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man, The Magic Flute is considered by many to be the most exquisite opera film ever made. Special Award, National Society of Film Critics, “for demonstrating how pleasurable opera can be on film.” (135 mins.)
“The most delightful film ever made from an opera.”-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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