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Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Sweden 1975 135 mins. In Swedish

Bergman’s adaptation of Mozart’s opera—the tale of a young man determined to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of parental evil—reveals his virtuosity as a stage and musical director. An organist and musicologist, Bergman once said that he might have been a conductor if theater and film had not taken over his life. Commissioned for television, and intended for a wide audience, The Magic Flute was shot on a replica of the 18th-century Drottningholm Castle Theater. Bergman dispenses with theatrical illusion to show the working parts of this production, and the film’s vivid musical soundtrack, intensely stylized art direction, and soaring voices have delighted both film and opera devotees. In Swedish with English subtitles.