Criterion Collection: The Magic Flute

Criterion Collection: The Magic Flute

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

Blu-ray (Color)

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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: 0715515227216
Original Release: 1975
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 2:18:00
Sales rank: 15,280

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josef Kostlinger Tamino
Irma Urrila Pamina
Ulrik Cold Sarastro
Erik Saeden The Orator
Birgit Nordin Queen of the Night
Håkan Hagegård Actor
Jane Darling Maid
Elisabeth Erikson Papagena
Ulf Johansson Second priest
Ansgar Krook Young boy
Urban Malmberg Young boy
Ragnar Ulfung Monostatos
Kirsten Vaupel Second Lady
Britt-Marie Aruhn First lady
Goesta Pruezelius First priest

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director,Screenwriter
Siv Lundgren Editor
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer

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