Sweden, 1975, 135 min, 35mm, Dir. Ingmar Bergman, Rated PG, Janus Films, Swedish with English Subtitles
"An absolutely dazzling film entertainment, so full of beauty, intelligence, wit, and fun that it becomes a testimonial not only to man's possibilities but also to his high spirits." - Vincent Canby, New York Times
Ingmar Bergman puts his indelible stamp on Mozart’s exquisite opera in this sublime rendering of one of the composer’s best-loved works: a celebration of love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man. The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten) stars Josef Köstlinger as Tamino, the young man determined to rescue beautiful princess Pamina from the clutches of parental evil. The film is full of memorable moments, some moving, as in Pamina's first-act duet with bird hunter Papageno, and some gravely funny, as when three little boys in a festively decorated eighteenth-century balloon caution Tamino to be steadfast, silent, and wise, which are probably the three things that any little boy you or I know would find most difficult to do. The camera, in close-up, never misses a gesture. Make no mistake: This Magic Flute is no uneasy cross-breed of art forms. It's a triumphant film in its own right.
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