The Magic Flute - Picturehouse Spotlight

The Magic Flute

Dr Deborah Allison anticipates a sparkling new digital restoration of Ingmar Bergman's glorious take on Mozart's opera.

Director: Ingmar Bergman.
Starring: Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila, Håkan Hagegård, Elisabeth Erikson. Sweden 1975. 135 mins. Swedish with English subtitles.

Fairy tales, whether traditional or latter-day pastiche, have long proved a rich source of material for operas and ballets, and Ingmar Bergman’s Oscar-nominated screen adaptation of Mozart’s much-loved opera is widely considered the best of the best.

In a ‘stop press’ addition to our season, we’re delighted to bring you this sparkling new digital restoration of The Magic Flute – a timeless fable in which the Queen of the Night tasks our hero Tamino with rescuing her beautiful daughter from a wicked sorcerer.

The Magic Flute synthesises Bergman’s expertise as one of the finest European film directors of his generation and as an experienced and highly acclaimed stage director. Framing his film as a theatre show, and eschewing movie stars in favour of new and established stage opera performers, he interfuses top-notch vocal performances with a stunning visual experience.

Long absent from British cinema screens, our advance previews of this glorious film reissue promise an unmissable festive treat.


“The finest operatic film ever made. Bergman gives us a Magic Flute that is almost as delightful to see as it is to hear.” – Alan Vanneman, Bright Lights Film Journal

“An absolutely dazzling film entertainment, so full of beauty, intelligence, wit, and fun that it becomes a testimonial not only to man’s possibilities but also to his high spirits.” – Vincent Canby, New York Times

“Ingmar Bergman has never before made a movie so warm, happy and innocent as this version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. This must be the most delightful film ever made from an opera.” – Roger Ebert


The Magic Flute screens as part of The Enchanted Screen: A Season of Folk and Fairytale Films on Monday 18 December. Select cinemas only.

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