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The Magic Flute (2006)

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"The Magic Flute" takes place on the eve of World War I and unfolds as a young soldier waiting for the command to go to battle is transported into a twilight world between a dream and nightmare. He is sent on a deadly mission to rescue the daughter of the Queen of the Night from the dark lord Sarastro.

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Cast

Amy Carson
as Pamina
Silvia Moi
as Papagena
Rene Pape
as Sarastro
Lyubov Petrova
as Queen of the Night
Tom Randle
as Monostatos
Liz Smith
as Old Papagena
Teuta Koco
as Three Ladies
Louise Callinan
as Three Ladies
Kim-Marie Woodhouse
as Three Ladies
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Critic Reviews for The Magic Flute

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

The results are often fascinating (I love the duet of the Armed Men, sung by a chorus of faces animated out of a wall of sandbags), sometimes ludicrous and never boring.

March 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In the end, love triumphs. In this movie, the music triumphs, proving again that a true masterpiece can survive all kinds of meddling.

March 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Apart from a fascination with the hate-spitting mouth and throat of Lyubov Petrova's vocally pyrotechnic Queen of the Night, the visual gimmicks are individually tolerable. But they don't add up to anything particular.

November 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

Opera buffs shouldn't throw away their DVDs of Ingmar Bergman's 1975 TV movie.

September 23, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Even though there were moments in The Magic Flute when I wondered if Branagh hadn't truly gone off his rocker, I found its audacity exhilarating.

September 20, 2006

It never adds up to more than a curiosity for opera fans.

March 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Magic Flute

In this adaptation of Mozart's classic opera, Tamino is fights for his love in World War I era trenches. Kenneth Brannagh, whose Shakespearean adaptations don't always use the advantages of film, makes up for it in this rendition of Mozart's opera. Visual effects abound in Brannagh's best imitation of Julie Taymor, and while some of them are effective, most of the visual stylings do little to advance the plot even though they're fun to look at. The acting and the singing are the real highlights of this film; many of the actors, particularly Benjamin Jay Davis, are able to satisfy the high demands of opera while focusing their work for the film. Overall, I enjoyed this film even though Brannagh is no Julie Taymor.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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