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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.

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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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Language:

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Release Date:

13 December 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Flauta Mágica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,965,713
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Conlon: The conductor appears as an officer, reassuring the nervous private at the end of the long tracking shot during the chorus in the trench. See more »

Quotes

Papageno: [singing] A birdman's work is never done/ From crack of dawn to set of sun,/ In unrewarded servitude/ He labours to protect his brood. /I feed and train my chirping pets, /I lay down traps and cast out nets,/ I speak in fluent 'Pigeonese' /And charm the birds right off the trees.
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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, Ben 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 Wonderful Presentation, If Not Quite A Fitting Portrayal
10 January 2009 | by MojochiSee all my reviews

If The Lord Of The Rings trilogy has showed us anything, it showed that myth and fantasy have a place in modern cinema. I have long & will still firmly believe that my favorite Mozart piece, Die Zauberflöte, can & should receive a properly reverent modern cinematic treatment, while respecting the original Mozart vision, & adding fantasy aspects that could appeal to the modern masses.

This presentation however, is not that treatment I still hope for, primarily due to what I consider to be an unnecessary & unfitting portrayal, in an awkwardly placed period. Plus, The direction tends to be as misplaced as the screen adaptation itself, though still a thoroughly picturesque visage.

In & of itself, it's a very enjoyable film to watch. The English adaptation by Fry is suitable, the performances from the cast are wonderful, the casting itself was splendid, & of course, the music is beyond beautiful.

I can only criticize the film for being something I'd rather it not be, as I don't believe The Magic Flute belongs set in this way. Why wouldn't you just present this piece in a more reverent way, as an entity belonging purely to the fantasy realm, the way one would expect from A Midsummer Night's Dream or the like? I would expect that someone with such respectable Shakespearean credits to his name would be thoroughly capable of rising to that challenge. The intrusion of a WWI theme only steals from the wonder of a would be mythical experience, in my opinion

You get an A+ for effort, an A for execution, & a B- for intention, which would have been lower had you not tried so very well to make the style & period work. Nonetheless, an enjoyable view, that leaves me to still want for the version I desire, & believe we all deserve


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