Ingmar Bergman

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

This scintillating screen version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s beloved opera showcases Ingmar Bergman’s deep knowledge of music and gift for expressing it cinematically. Casting some of Europe’s finest soloists—Josef Köstlinger, Ulrik Cold, Håkan Hagegård, and Birgit Nordin among them—the director lovingly recreated the baroque theater of Sweden’s Drottningholm Palace to stage the story of the prince Tamino and his zestful sidekick Papageno, who are sent on a mission to save a beautiful princess from the clutches of evil. A celebration of love and forgiveness that exhibits a profound appreciation for the artifice and spectacle of the theater, The Magic Flute is among the most exquisite opera films ever made.

Film Info

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sweden
  • 1975
  • 138 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #71

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview with director Ingmar Bergman recorded in 1974 for Swedish television
  • New interview with film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Tystnad! Tagning! Trollflöjten! (1975), a feature-length documentary produced for Swedish television about the making of the film
  • PLUS: An essay by author Alexander Chee

New cover by Anna and Elena Balbusso

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Blu-Ray Box Set

30 Discs

$149.97

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview with director Ingmar Bergman recorded in 1974 for Swedish television
  • New interview with film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Tystnad! Tagning! Trollflöjten! (1975), a feature-length documentary produced for Swedish television about the making of the film
  • PLUS: An essay by author Alexander Chee

New cover by Anna and Elena Balbusso

The Magic Flute
Cast
Josef Köstlinger
Tamino
Irma Urrila
Pamina
Håkan Hagegård
Papageno
Elisabeth Erikson
Papagena
Ulrik Cold
Sarastro
Birgit Nordin
Queen of the Night
Ragnar Ulfung
Monostatos
Erik Saedén
Talaren, the speaker
Britt-Marie Aruhn, Birgitta Smiding, Kirsten Vaupel
Three ladies
Ansgar Krook, Urban Malmberg, Erland von Heijne
Three spirits
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Based on the opera by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by
Emanuel Schikaneder
Screenplay by
Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography
Sven Nykvist
Editor
Siv Lundgren
Production manager
Måns Reuterswärd
Art direction
Henny Noremark
Orchestral director
Eric Ericson
Orchestra
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Sound
Helmut Mühle
Sound
Peter Hennix
Costume design
Henny Noremark
Costume design
Karin Erskine
Makeup
Britt Falkemo
Makeup
Bengt Ottekil
Makeup
Cecilia Drott
Choreography
Donya Feuer

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Ingmar Bergman

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.