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The Magic Flute (1975)

Trollflöjten (original title)
The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro. She gives a magic flute to Tamino and magic bells to the bird ... See full summary »


Ingmar Bergman (uncredited)


Emanuel Schikaneder (libretto), Ingmar Bergman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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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 (First Lady)
Kirsten Vaupel Kirsten Vaupel ... Andra damen (Second Lady)
Birgitta Smiding Birgitta Smiding ... Tredje damen (Third Lady)
Ulrik Cold ... Sarastro
Birgit Nordin Birgit Nordin ... Nattens Drottning
Ragnar Ulfung Ragnar Ulfung ... Monostatos
Erik Sædén Erik Sædén ... Talaren
Ulf Johansson ... Andra prästen (Second Priest)
Gösta Prüzelius ... Första prästen (First Priest)
Jerker Arvidson Jerker Arvidson ... Vakt i Prövningarnas Hus
Hans Johansson Hans Johansson ... Vakt i Prövningarnas Hus


The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro. She gives a magic flute to Tamino and magic bells to the bird hunter Papageno, who follows Tamino and wants to find a wife. The duo travels in a journey of love and knowledge. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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We only see Bergman, we only hear Mozart See more »


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Release Date:

1 January 1975 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Flute See more »


Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sveriges Radio See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A one hour TV documentary was shown in connection with this, following director Ingmar Bergman behind the scenes ("Tystnad! Tagning! Trollflöjten!"). See more »

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There are no onscreen credits in this film, other than the title. See more »


Referenced in Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work (1998) See more »

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It's Sweden!
24 February 1999 | by Tom-267See all my reviews

An excellent movie, one of my all-time favorites. I watch it more often than I listen to "Die Zauberflote" on CD.

Bergman changes the story slightly and shuffles some of the musical pieces around, but the result makes better sense than the original. Pamina's struggle is presented as a custody battle between Mother and Father. The depression of wintertime in the far north is brought out clearly in the attempted-suicide scene. And all the knicknacks and props lying around...are pure Sweden! I didn't realize that until I visited Gothenburg last fall.

Bergman's comical, warm and cozy images really fit the music. Not that "The Magic Flute" from Mozart needs much improving...after all, 9 out of 10 German composers agree that it is the "perfect" German Opera. But Bergman's images go with it so well I consider it the perfect staging of the opera.

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