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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.

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

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Emanuel Schikaneder (libretto), Kenneth Branagh (adapted for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Kaiser Joseph Kaiser ... Tamino
Amy Carson Amy Carson ... Pamina
Ben Davis ... Papageno (as Benjamin Jay Davis)
Silvia Moi Silvia Moi ... Papagena
René Pape René Pape ... Sarastro
Lyubov Petrova Lyubov Petrova ... Queen of the Night
Tom Randle Tom Randle ... Monostatos
Liz Smith ... The Old Papagena
Teuta Koço Teuta Koço ... First Lady
Louise Callinan Louise Callinan ... Second Lady
Kim-Marie Woodhouse Kim-Marie Woodhouse ... Third Lady
William Dutton William Dutton ... First Boy
Luke Lampard Luke Lampard ... Second Boy
Jamie Manton Jamie Manton ... Third Boy
Rodney Clarke Rodney Clarke ... First Officer
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Storyline

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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UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Flute See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,965,713
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tank which appears in this movie was a specially-built replica. It was slightly smaller than a real World War I tank would have been, and powered by a Ford Transit engine. It is now in the hands of a historical re-enactment society. See more »

Quotes

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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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 »

Connections

Version of NBC Television Opera Theatre: The Magic Flute (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Closing Credits Music: Overture to 'The Magic Flute'
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by James Conlon
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Splendid
21 October 2007 | by gherrickSee all my reviews

The most wonderful movie I've experienced in the past year. I was enthralled by the translation of the German lyrics into vernacular English; the Italians for once did not dub it away, but just provided Italian subtitles: Bravo! I was in awe of Mr. Fry's — I believe — ability to preserve the poetry while translating the language, and making it still fit the music. This opera is my very favorite and I loved the singing. The idea of setting the opera in a 20th century war scene gave the libretto story credibility and passion, something most opera lacks, except as the music imparts. I salute Mr. Branagh's genius. As usual in such musical movies it isn't clear who actually did the signing, but whoever did, did a wonderful job; the passages by The Queen of the Night gave me the usual chills up and down my spine, and Mozart is irrepressible! I have long savored Bergman's Magic Flute, and I do think Branagh's has earned at least an equal berth.


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