The Magic Flute

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Fleet and joyous, Ingmar Bergman's filmed staging of Mozart's The Magic Flute captures the opera's mirth and satire with Scandinavian flair.

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The Queen of the Night enlists a handsome prince named Tamino (Josef Köstlinger) to rescue her beautiful kidnapped daughter, Princess Pamina (Irma Urrila), in this screen adaptation of the beloved Mozart opera. Aided by the lovelorn bird hunter Papageno and a magical flute that holds the power to change the hearts of men, young Tamino embarks on a quest for true love, leading to the evil Sarastro's (Ulrik Cold) temple where Pamina is held captive.

Cast & Crew

Josef Köstlinger
Tamino
Erik Sædén
Talaren
Birgit Nordin
Nattens Drottning
Håkan Hagegård
Papageno
Britt Marie Aruhn
Första damen (First Lady)
Kirsten Vaupel
Andra damen (Second Lady)
Birgitta Smiding
Tredje damen (Third Lady)
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Critic Reviews for The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten)

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (2)

  • Ingmar Bergman has never before made a movie so warm, happy and innocent... It's as if all this joy has been building up inside him during the great decade of metaphysical films beginning with Persona.

    July 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Ingmar Bergman's version of Mozart's The Magic Flute isn't his most cinematic work - it's a film version of an opera and was originally shown on Swedish TV. Nonetheless, there are elements here which echo his other films.

    March 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The intelligence and clarity of Bergman's The Magic Flute is a marvel.

    December 1, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Ingmar Bergman's mounting of the Mozart masterpiece is appealingly conventional.

    August 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten)

  • Sep 29, 2008
    Everyone else is mental! Giving this film such high ratings. I am a fan of Mozart and I have a high tolerance for lengthy foreign films and musicals, bu this was near unbearable. I usual enjoy the songs from this opera, but they are now banned for a year, because of the bad memories from this film. It's so long and for some reason the camera pans to members of the audience for the first four minutes of the film. And throughout the opera at random points the camera pans to some little girl in the audience watching the opera. I mean WTF?? I thought I was watching the opera. DO NOT RENT THIS FILM!! IT"S SO BORING!
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2008
    The opera works surprisingly well in Swedish, and, of course, Bergman's adaptation of this wonderful piece is one of a kind.
    vieras e Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2007
    Excellent. Great take on a great opera by a great director.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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