This scintillating screen version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartâs beloved opera showcases Ingmar Bergmanâs deep knowledge of music and gift for expressing it cinematically. Casting some of Europeâs finest soloistsâJosef KÃ¶stlinger, Ulrik Cold, HÃ¥kan HagegÃ¥rd, and Birgit Nordin among themâthe director lovingly recreated the baroque theater of Swedenâs 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.
- Interview with director Ingmar Bergman recorded in 1974 for Swedish television
- New interview with film scholar Peter Cowie
- Tystnad! Tagning! TrollflÃ¶jten! (1975), a feature-length documentary produced for Swedish television about the making of the film
- An essay by author Alexander Chee