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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Kaiser ...
Amy Carson ...
René Pape ...
Tom Randle ...
Teuta Koço ...
Louise Callinan ...
Kim-Marie Woodhouse ...
Third Lady
Rodney Clarke ...
Charne Rochford ...
Second Officer
Peter Wedd ...
First Armed Man
Keel Watson ...
Second Armed Man


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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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

13 December 2006 (France)  »

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The Magic Flute  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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James Conlon:  The conductor appears as an officer, reassuring the nervous private at the end of the long tracking shot during the chorus in the trench. See more »


First Officer: [spoken to Sarastro, about Tamino and Pamina] He's doing this for her.
Second Officer: [spoken] You are using him.
First Officer: [spoken] We are asking him to risk his life!
Second Officer: [spoken] Do you know what you're doing?
Sarastro: [spoken] I hope so. Tamino must succeed. This slaughter must end.
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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 »


Version of The Magic Flute (1975) See more »


Closing Credits Music: Overture to 'The Magic Flute'
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by James Conlon
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Ken's Mozart

This is, if I counted correctly, the twelfth version of the Magic Flute to appear on film; this opera is now in the same category of classic as Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet. I enjoyed it; it's just not a great version of Mozart's most beautiful opera. Having to follow Bergman's classic version of 1975 when he doesn't have Bergman's genius must have been a little nightmarish for Branagh. The First World War setting does nothing for our understanding of the opera's meaning: Sarastro is turned into a kind of apostle of peace amid the chaos and destruction of war, sort of a New Age Jesus. The Masonic symbolism is missing, Monostatos's part becomes pointless, there is very little theatricality in the production (strange when you think of Branagh's Shakespeare films, especially Hamlet).

The singers are almost all young and fresh. Benjamin Jay Davis impressed me as Papageno, Silvia Moi was pert as Papagena, and Lyubov Petrova was really hard-edged and fierce looking as the Queen of the Night. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe under James Conlon provided much of my pleasure.

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