The Magic Flute Reviews

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March 20, 2009
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
In the end, love triumphs. In this movie, the music triumphs, proving again that a true masterpiece can survive all kinds of meddling.
November 29, 2007
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.
September 23, 2006
Opera buffs shouldn't throw away their DVDs of Ingmar Bergman's 1975 TV movie.
September 20, 2006
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.
February 11, 2019
The Magic Flute is an enjoyable entry into opera and will definitely be regularly shown in high schools once it comes out on DVD.
March 28, 2016
It never adds up to more than a curiosity for opera fans.
December 13, 2013
Mozart in the Branagh meat grinder.
July 16, 2013
Like the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," it's all about the marriage of music and images.
March 20, 2009
It dwells quite happily somewhere in the no-man's-land between "Perfect" and "Perfectly Enjoyable."
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