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The Magic Flute [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Ingmar Bergman has stated that THE MAGIC FLUTE had long since been an inspiration to him by the time he directed this movie version of an actual staging of Mozart's opera. In Emanuel Schikaneder's libretto--performed here in Swedish instead of German--Prince Tamino (Josef Kstlinger) is sent by the mysterious and powerful Queen of the Night (Birgit Nordin) to rescue her daughter, Pamina (Irma Urrila), from the sorcerer Sarastro (Ulrik Cold), who has kidnapped the girl. Tamino is aided on his mission by the bird catcher Papageno (Hkan Hagegrd), an endearing buffoon (and arguably the opera's most popular character) who wants nothing more than to find himself a loving wife. The director presents a shortened version of the story, enhanced with a Freudian plot element (of sorts), while also giving the piece a slight overhaul for a more modern, less politically questionable feel. Bergman shows the goings-on onstage, often zooming in for close-ups of the performers' interaction with one another, interspersed with shots of individual faces in the audience. The actors were mostly chosen for their appearance and stage presence rather than their vocal prowess, though Hagegrd has been singled out by critics for his fine performance and went on to enjoy a distinguished music career.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MAG100

  • Credits
    Hakan Hagegard, Jane Darling
  • Critic Reviews
    "This sprightly version of Mozart's opera is a charming achievement for Bergman..."
    USA Today

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