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The Magic Flute (1975)

Trollflöjten (original title)
A production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" is presented, this film which blurs the lines of it as a stage production - not only with aspects of the theater stage ... See full summary »


Ingmar Bergman (uncredited)


Emanuel Schikaneder (libretto), Ingmar Bergman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Köstlinger ... Tamino
Irma Urrila ... Pamina
Håkan Hagegård Håkan Hagegård ... Papageno
Elisabeth Erikson Elisabeth Erikson ... Papagena
Britt-Marie Aruhn Britt-Marie Aruhn ... Första damen
Kirsten Vaupel Kirsten Vaupel ... Andra damen
Birgitta Smiding Birgitta Smiding ... Tredje damen
Ulrik Cold ... Sarastro
Birgit Nordin Birgit Nordin ... Nattens Drottning
Ragnar Ulfung Ragnar Ulfung ... Monostatos
Erik Sædén Erik Sædén ... Talaren
Ulf Johansson ... Andra prästen
Gösta Prüzelius ... Första prästen
Jerker Arvidson Jerker Arvidson ... Vakt i Prövningens Hus
Hans Johansson Hans Johansson ... Vakt i Prövningens Hus


A production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" is presented, this film which blurs the lines of it as a stage production - not only with aspects of the theater stage shown, but also the occasional shot of the audience members watching it, and the performers going through their backstage routines during intermission - and a movie as the set moves out from the confines of the stage. The actual story concerns Tamino, a prince, falling in love with Pamina solely from seeing her photograph, Pamina's mother, the Queen of the Night, vowing that Pamina will be his if he rescues her from Sarastro, a demon who has captured her. On behalf of the Queen, three of her attendants, "ladies", who saved Tamino from a serpent, provide him with a magic flute to entice Pamina, and three child angels, who will act as his guides. The ladies also dispatch the pan-flute playing Papageno, a bird catcher who laments not being married himself, with Tamino, they providing him with magic bells ... Written by Huggo

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The Magic of Bergman. The Magnificence of Mozart See more »


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The film's soundtrack is the first ever recorded in stereo for a television production. See more »


Pamina: Don't you love me any more? Don't you love me any more?
Pamina: Brief and bitter, Seems my rapture, For my bliss, Will not last...
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Version of Die Zauberflöte (2000) See more »

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Mozart + Bergman+ Flute = Magic
10 May 2007 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

It is not surprising at all that having been a long-time an admirer of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music and especially his opera "Die Zauberflöte" ("The Magic Flute"), Ingmar Bergman has adapted it in one of the best and enjoyable operatic film ever made. Watching Bergman's presentation of "The Magic Flute" does not require from a viewer an extensive opera-going experience or familiarization with all his often morose psychological studies. "The Magic Flute" (the opera or/and the film) can be enjoyed on different levels. It has many hidden philosophical and political references which were relevant back in 18th century but it is also a beautiful and poetic fairy tale which has many funny scenes (thanks to Papageno, the bird-catcher) as well as lyrical and tender scenes between two young lovers, and the dark ones with the sinister sorcerers. I've seen "The Magic Flute" in the different countries, in different versions and adaptations but I enjoyed the most Ingmar Bergman's vision of it. In 1975 National Society of USA Film Critics awarded Ingmar Bergman with a Special Award - for demonstrating how pleasurable opera can be on film. There is nothing I can add only that Mozart + Bergman+ Flute = Magic.

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Release Date:

1 January 1975 (Sweden) See more »

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Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)

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Sveriges Radio See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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