Ingmar Bergman

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

Ingmar Bergman puts his indelible stamp on Mozart’s exquisite opera in this sublime rendering of one of the composer’s best-loved works: a celebration of love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man. The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten) stars Josef Köstlinger as Tamino, the young man determined to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of parental evil.

Film Info

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sweden
  • 1975
  • 135 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #71

Special Features

  • Lush color transfer, featuring the rarely heard stereo score in uncompressed PCM sound
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Gordon Reynolds

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Special Features

  • Lush color transfer, featuring the rarely heard stereo score in uncompressed PCM sound
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by Gordon Reynolds

The Magic Flute
Cast
Josef Köstlinger
Tamino
Irma Urrila
Pamina
Håkan Hagegård
Papageno
Elisabeth Eriksson
Papgena
Ulrik Cold
Sarastro
Birgit Nordin
Queen of the Night
Ragnar Ulfung
Monostatos
Erik Saedén
Talaren, the Epeaker
Britt-Marie Aruhn, Birgitta Smiding, Kirsten Vaupel
Three Ladies
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Screenplay
Ingmar Bergman
Based on the opera by
Mozart
Libretto by
Schikaneder
Cinematography
Sven Nykvist
Sound
Helmut Mühle
Sound
Peter Hennix
Musical director
Eric Ericson
Art direction
Henny Noremark
Editing
Siv Lundgren
Costumes
Karin Erskine
Choreography
Donya Feuer
Production manager
Måns Reuterswärd
Assistant director
Kerstin Forsmark
Conducted by
Eric Ericson

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Ingmar Bergman

Writer, Director

The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.