Ingmar Berman puts his indelible stamp on Mozart's exquisite opera in this sublime rendering of one of the composer's best-loved works: a celebration of love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man. The Magic Flute (Trollflojten) stars Josef Kostlinger as Tamino, the young man determined to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of parental evil. Criterion's edition features the film's glorious soundtrack in its original stereo format.
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The Magic Flute
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 02/12/2008 13:34:39
Quite simply the best filmed version of Mozart's masterpiece, including live performances by Opera companies. Bergman sets the piece in an actual theatre, the Overture introducing both audience and players. We even have a behind scenes intermission as you would at an actual live performance. Although sung in Swedish, the English sub-titles are bang-on, the music superb, and the performers are brilliant, full of the right character for their roles. This is the type of performance you would want to see in an Opera house, and it is performed by world class musicians and singers. Rarely does any company come anywhere near it. The magical, pantomime, humanism and freemason aspects are all beautifully handled, into a perfect mix. It is no wonder that it has taken a master of the theatre and cinema to produce it. Buy this DVD and spoil yourself, but be warned; you will judge all future performance against this, and they will fall short.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: spideybhoy on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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