Criterion Collection: The Magic Flute

Criterion Collection: The Magic Flute

Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Josef Kostlinger, Irma Urrila, Ulrik Cold

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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 the titular flute.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2019
UPC: 0715515227315
Original Release: 1975
Rating: G
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:18:00
Sales rank: 5,349

Special Features

New 2k digital restoration; Interview with Director Ingmar Bergman recorded in 1974 for Swedish television; New interview iwht film scholar Peter Cowie; Tystnad! Tagning! Trollflojten! (1975), a feature-length documentary produced for Swedish televisoin about the making of the film; Plus: An essay by author Alexander Chee

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Magic Flute
1. Logos/Overture [9:09]
2. A Dragon And Three Ladies [6:12]
3. A Merry Fowler [3:00]
4. The Enchanted Locket [4:34]
5. A Mother's Lament [6:00]
6. Papageno Learns His Lesson [5:59]
7. Pamina's Plight [7:21]
8. Three Gates [7:22]
9. "O Endless Night" [4:27]
10. Magic Bells [3:53]
11. "Long Live Sarastro" [7:36]
12. Intermission [2:16]
13. Membership In The Brotherhood [6:00]
14. Trial By Darkness [5:21]
15. Monostatos's Lament [1:24]
16. A Mother's Order [3:55]
17. "Within These Sacred Portals" [4:34]
18. The Last Temptation of Papageno [6:30]
19. Trial By Silence [5:35]
20. Pamina's Despair [5:12]
21. Papageno's Despair [4:12]
22. Papagena At Last [3:31]
23. Trial By Fire [14:37]
24. Love Conquers All [9:07]
1. Color Bar
Disc #2 -- The Magic Flute
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [10:01]
2. Chapter 2 [3:13]
3. Chapter 3 [1:37]
4. Chapter 4 [7:20]
5. Chapter 5 [8:17]
6. Chapter 6 [10:25]
7. Chapter 7 [8:55]
8. Chapter 8 [7:22]
9. Chapter 9 [8:10]

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Mozart: The Magic Flute 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this film at a showing where the singer who did Papageno spoke beforehand. While, after reading other reviews, I agree that Bergman did not follow Mozart to a tee, the film is still a masterful piece of work. I think it opens up the world to the wonder that is opera, and that is outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A day or so after showing this to my children, my little three year old boy said, "Mommy! I wanna see Aapa-gaybo!" Took me a little while to figure out he meant Papageno. I was thrilled! (In fact, if you find a better Papageno, I'll buy you a new Buick!) Not a perfect rendition, but cute, colorful, and fun! Why would anyone knock the singing?! I studied Opera in college...The cast is splendid. Most certainly recommended! (For those of us with kids, I also recommend getting the DVD format so you can skip & jump to favorite scenes or to replay a favorite scene with ease.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been years since I last saw this movie, not because I did not like it but because I could not find it. Until I saw this movie I did not enjoy opera. Bergman combined comedy and beauty and made it a very enjoyable experience for a novice like me and opened the entire world of opera and for that I am grateful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this for the first time when I was three. I really liked it. I saw it again several years later but did not find it quite as impressive. I really annoyed when I found out that it was in Swedish. Several delightful scenes were left out. The only really good voice is the Queen of Night. It is not worth your money but if you're a big fan of Igmar bergman,you'll probably still want this in your video library.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Having heard this film extolled, I was really disappointed. I will grant that Bergman gets some of the individual scenes exactly right, such as the ''Pa-pa-pa'' scene when Papageno discovers that Papagena is really an attractive young woman and not an old hag. But there deadly flaws in his conception of this work, where his staging contradicts the music and text. For example, when Papageno first comes upon Monostatos and Pamina: as Mozart wrote this scene, both Monostatos and Papageno are frightened at the sight of one another. As Bergman stages it, only Papageno is frightened; Monostatos is very aggressive. How, then, is the audience to understand why BOTH Monostatos and Papageno run away, and why it is Papageno who recovers from his fright and returns? The characterization of Sarastro is another serious problem: Mozart's music portrays a serene and confident man, but throughout the film, Bergman's visual portrayal is of a tormented and frightened one. This is a fatal misinterpretation. Also, I can't understand how Bergman dared to change the order of scenes and to cut so much of the dialog. Does he imagine that he knows better than Mozart how the music and drama should progress? Perhaps he would like to change the order of the movements in Mozart's symphonies! In any event, the musical performance is mediocre. The conducting and playing display nothing more than routine competence. Only two of the singers (Sarastro and, especially, Papageno) are above the ordinary; the rest range from so-so to really bad. I suspect that Bergman's reputation as a genius film director may have colored some viewers' perceptions of this performance. The director of an opera needs to understand the music, and I don't think Bergman did.