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Ingmar Bergman's The Magic Flute; The Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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  • Directors: Ingmar Bergman, Sven Nykvist
  • Producers: Ingmar Bergman
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, HiFi Sound, Full Screen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Bel Canto \ Paramount Home Video
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3VNFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Performed by the Swedish State Broadcasting Network Symphony; a Sveriges Radio A. B. Production. Performed in Swedish, with English subtitles.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Friend on October 28, 2010
I found this to be a magical rendition of one of my favorite operas. As the previous reviewer noted, Bergman does somewhat deconstruct the opera. However, I did not find this in the least annoying, but rather found it increased my enjoyment. Opera is a highly artificial art form, and showing it in a lighter vein I found useful, for it emphasizes its artificiality. So, I highly recommend this version, especially for those who have enjoyed works of Bergman such as Fanny and Alexander.
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I found Bergman's film of Mozart's opera neither the unalloyed masterpiece of some critics,
nor the failure of others. To me it represented a perfectly enjoyable attempt to bring opera
to the masses (remember this was made for TV), while not quite being a masterwork.

There are a lot of moments of just plain fun; in the story, the singing, the costumes, the images.
But there are failed ideas as well.

Operating on a small budget, Bergman tries to walk a fine line of keeping the opera set in a theater,
while 'opening it up' with camera angles, and sets that would never work in a real theater. Not
a bad concept, but the constant cuts to audience reactions (especially those of his own daughter)
becomes increasingly distracting, and there are times where some of the theatrical artifice, seen
up close, just seems clunky, not magical.

As a result, you never can 'believe in' the story, but you also don't get the grandeur and magic of
a great stage production. You DO get an intimacy with the characters and their feelings, which is great
where those are interesting, not so good in those moments where the story itself (as opposed to
Mozart's sublime music) is a bit silly, contradictory and shallow.
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By Louise on April 22, 2013
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We expected a DVD rather than a VHS (our mistake) of the Magic Flute but decided to keep it. Product was used and received in the condition advertised by the seller. We love this beautiful Bergman production of The Magic Flute.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pneumatikos on June 9, 2008
I would have given this production 5 stars for the terrific performance but for one very annoying flaw. Just when I was caught up in the magic of this most incredible opera the camera would switch from the stage to the audience and I found myself staring into the face of a girl in the audience. This happened not once but several times during the opera. It was so annoying and distracting that it killed my enthusiasm for this rendition of The Magic Flute! If that were not enough to steal the magic they actually showed the actors OUT OF CHARACTER during the intermission! Watching the three muses SMOKE while Pamina and Tamino played chess completely destroyed it for me!
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