Trollflöjten (The Magic Flute)
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A longtime pet project of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Magic Flute was finally brought to the screen in 1973. While the opera itself is offered in a highly stylized and theatrical fashion, the fluidity of the camerawork turns the affair into a purely cinematic experience. Sung in Swedish, the libretto remains as ever a gentle parody of the initiation ceremonies of the Masons, offered as an other-worldly fantasy involving a kidnapped princess (Irma Urrila), a vengeful Queen of the Night (Birgit Nordin), and a carefree wanderer who periodically plays… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Using the opera's timeless whimsy and inventiveness, the movie replicates a performance on the stage that is so good that it almost makes you forget the participants' ABBA-like hairstyles."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"What Bergman does is to convey the actual magic of theater at its best."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"If filmed opera seems a contradiction -- no more than an excuse to immortalize a performance -- this production is the exception to the rule."
‑ , Film4
"Ingmar Bergman's mounting of the Mozart masterpiece is appealingly conventional."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's as pleasing to look at as hear."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This film is stunning to look at, with wonderful sets, interesting costumes, and yet another work of gorgeous cinematography by Bergman fave, Sven Nykvist."
‑ Ted Prigge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"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
"A particular delight for opera fans, though colorfully engaging to everyone."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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