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The Magic Flute (2006)

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During World War I, in an unnamed country, a soldier named Tamino is sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the supposedly evil Sarastro. But all is not as it seems.

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Joseph Kaiser ...
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René Pape ...
Lyubov Petrova ...
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Tom Randle ...
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Teuta Koço ...
Louise Callinan ...
Kim-Marie Woodhouse ...
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Rodney Clarke ...
Charne Rochford ...
Second Officer
Peter Wedd ...
First Armed Man
Keel Watson ...
Second Armed Man
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During World War I, in an unnamed country, a soldier named Tamino is sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the supposedly evil Sarastro. But all is not as it seems.

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A varázsfuvola  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the final shot, a wire was rigged in order to hold the wooden flute out of frame after it had been thrown into the air by Joseph Kaiser. However, on the first run the wire snapped and the flute fell and hit Amy Carson on the head. Carson sat down for a moment to compose herself before the shot was attempted again - this time with Kaiser dropping the flute out of frame before pretending to throw it. See more »

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Papageno: [Papageno and Tamino are undergoing a trial of silence, but Papageno speaks anyway, much to the displeasure of Tamino. An old woman enters] Is that for me?
Old Papagena: [speaks, carrying a tray of refreshments] Yes, my angel!
Papageno: [drinks and then speaks] Water! Ugh! How old are you, my dear?
Old Papagena: [speaks] I'm eighteen years and - two minutes.
Papageno: [bursts into laughter and speaks] I see! Do you have a boyfriend?
Old Papagena: [speaks] Oh, yes!
Papageno: [speaks] What's his name?
Old Papagena: [speaks] Papageno!
Papageno: [speaks as she starts to leave] Papa - Hey, that's me! ...
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Crazy Credits

The overture to the opera is played both at the beginning and the end, but only at the end is it played over the film's credits. See more »

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Version of Die Zauberflöte (1983) See more »

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Closing Credits Music: Overture to 'The Magic Flute'
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by James Conlon
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21 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The most wonderful movie I've experienced in the past year. I was enthralled by the translation of the German lyrics into vernacular English; the Italians for once did not dub it away, but just provided Italian subtitles: Bravo! I was in awe of Mr. Fry's — I believe — ability to preserve the poetry while translating the language, and making it still fit the music. This opera is my very favorite and I loved the singing. The idea of setting the opera in a 20th century war scene gave the libretto story credibility and passion, something most opera lacks, except as the music imparts. I salute Mr. Branagh's genius. As usual in such musical movies it isn't clear who actually did the signing, but whoever did, did a wonderful job; the passages by The Queen of the Night gave me the usual chills up and down my spine, and Mozart is irrepressible! I have long savored Bergman's Magic Flute, and I do think Branagh's has earned at least an equal berth.


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