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The Magic Flute (2006)

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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Teuta Koço ...
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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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Shot entirely in a studio. Even the final scene, which supposedly takes place in sunlit exteriors, was created partly by CGI effects. 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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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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The Magic Flute
Based on the opera ("Die Zauberflöte") by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Musical Direction by James Conlon
English libretto and dialogue written by Stephen Fry
Performed by Joseph Kaiser, Amy Carson, Benjamin Jay Davis, Silvia Moi,
René Pape, Lyubov Petrova, Tom Randle, Teuta Koço, Louise Callinan,
, Kim-Marie Woodhouse, Charne Rochford and many others, with Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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Well made but not for me
29 December 2015 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Based on the 1791 opera "Die Zauberflöte" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this is certainly a well made film but I can't say that I particularly enjoyed it. As far as opera is concerned, I am a complete philistine and this film did not nothing to change that, I'm afraid. I had never seen a full one on stage or on screen before this film and I am not inclined to watch another one after this. It felt far, far longer than two hours.

As with Richard Attenborough's worst film "A Chorus Line", I would never have watched the film if it had been made by one of my favourite directors, in this case Kenneth Branagh. His skill as a director is in evidence throughout the film, most notably the uninterrupted and extremely complex six minute take, and the decision to set it against the backdrop of the First World War was an interesting one but there was little else than I enjoyed about it. The singing was excellent but it was rather overwhelming since it accounted for almost the entire running time. Having just finished the film, I am pretty exhausted, to be frank.

Overall, it is not a bad film by any means but it was just not to my personal tastes at all. Hey, at least I can say that I gave opera a try! That box is ticked now. This is without a doubt my least favourite film directed by Branagh.


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