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3.7.04

the magic flute

Mozart's last opera transferred (as opposed to translated) to film by Bergman. The opera is presented as is, but with some additional drama through imaginative use of editing and camera. There are a few distractions like the close-up shots of a young girl (which I interpret as director's attempts to punctuate and comment) and scenes in which the actors are shown outside the stage (Papageno before appearing for the first time and the actors during intermission). Except for these the film works well. The story is "interesting." The Masonic influence is obvious. Female is cast as the evil dark force opposed to the virtuous "brotherhood."

The Magic Flute: the opera
@Sight and Sound
@Criterion Collection

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