The Magic Flute

Bergman’s version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute is a charming cinematic treat for winter.

The Magic Flute (1975)

The Magic Flute (1975)

Shooting in Swedish on a set replicating a lovely 18th-century theatre, Bergman begins his wonderfully warm, witty and sensuous movie by focusing on the faces of a rapt audience (momentarily including his own) enjoying the overture. Thereafter, as the (abridged and intriguingly amended) tale of Tamino, Pamina et al proceeds, he highlights the piece’s exuberant theatrical illusionism, at the same time deploying close-ups to enhance the emotions conveyed by an excellent young cast. An admirably light touch is applied throughout, making for a performance of musical excellence, dramatic vitality and enormous, effortless charm.

Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

Preview Screenings


16-21 December
BFI Southbank

18 December
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
Little Theatre Cinema, Bath
Picturehouse Central
Crouch End Picturehouse
Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool
Cinema City Picturehouse, Norwich
Edinburgh Filmhouse

18, 20 December
Chichester Cinema at New Park

19 December
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

21 December
The Electric, Birmingham

The Magic Flute will be released nationwide on 16 March 2018 as part of the Ingmar Bergman centenary celebrations.

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