Film Series : Bergman 100

The Magic Flute


1975, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 135 min. With Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila, Håkan Hagegård.

Show Times

  • Sun, Sep 2nd 2:30pm
  • Mon, Sep 3rd 2:30pm
  • Thu, Sep 6th 6:00pm

"This must be the most delightful film ever made from an opera." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.

"A blissful present, a model of how opera can be filmed." - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

Staging Mozart's final, beloved opera had been a dream of Bergman's dating back to the days of his childhood puppet theater. Given carte blanche and a big budget by Swedish television, he fashioned one of his most joyful and affirmative works, an instant triumph that became a perennial Christmas favorite in Sweden and won worldwide acclaim as one of the greatest examples of filmed opera. Bergman built a recreation of an 18th-century court theater in the film studio, and he achieves a magical blend of dazzling stagecraft and fluid cinematic techniques to present the adventures of Prince Tamino and his comic sidekick Papageno, sent on a mission by the Queen of Night to rescue her daughter from a purportedly evil sorcerer. In Swedish with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Ingmar Bergman film on any applicable Saturday in July, August, or September, and get a ticket for the second Bergman film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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