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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Kaiser ...
Amy Carson ...
René Pape ...
Lyubov Petrova ...
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Silvia Moi ...
Papagena
Tom Randle ...
Monostatos
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Priest
Teuta Koço ...
First Lady
Louise Callinan ...
Second Lady
Kim-Marie Woodhouse ...
Third Lady
Rodney Clarke ...
Charne Rochford ...
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 Flauta Mágica  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)
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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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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 »

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Version of NBC Television Opera Theatre: The Magic Flute (1956) 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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A beautiful film, which honors the most complete stage art.
13 September 2017 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Before I look at this film I must clarify a thing: I'm an unconditional opera fan, I think its the most complete art form that exists, since it harmonizes several forms of art, namely music, theater, singing and often dancing. When its well made, opera is a feast for the senses which is only harmed by a huge and unjust elitism, blamed for the exorbitant ticket prices. So I know very well "The Magic Flute", with Mozart's music on a Schikaneder text. Having made this clarification, let's talk about the film.

Kenneth Branagh is a brave guy, it takes some courage to adapt Shakespeare to the movies and he did it more than once. So it doesn't surprise me that he had the guts to turn one of the most famous comic operas ever into a movie. Its almost iconoclastic, especially for the purists, but he did it! The film is very beautiful and the transition to the cinema didn't harm music at all. Mozart's melodies are almost all there, only omitting elements most related to the Masonic apology that Mozart and Schikaneder wanted to do. Most singers aren't famous and Rene Pape, in the role of Sarastro, is the most easily recognizable name. Personally, I think there would be no problem in betting on experienced and well-known singers, as long as they were prepared for the demands of film work. The work of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe also deserves a note of congratulations.

Anyone who knows the original libretto immediately realizes that the context and environment of the story has been totally changed: action no longer happens in a world of fairy tales, but during a war, clearly inspired by First World War, but this raises a problem: some characters never properly fit into this environment, as the Queen of the Night. There was also an effort to make the story more politically correct, as the original opera is, sometimes, racist and misogynist. Don't blame Mozart for that, it was the mentality of people back then. Even so, these changes have made some characters meaningless. This is what happened to Monostatos who, in the original opera, is a Muslim from North Africa, portrayed according to the prejudices of that time.

In the midst of some flaws arising from the changes made to the environment in which the story takes place, the film is very enjoyable. Of course, Mozart's music will always be the element that will draw people to watch it, but personally I think its also an interesting way to awaken for the opera some people who, otherwise, would never have the curiosity to give a chance to this beautiful art form.


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