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The Magic Flute (2006)

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During World War I, in an unnamed country, a soldier named Tamino is sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the supposedly evil Sarastro. But all is not as it seems.

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Kenneth Branagh

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Kaiser Joseph Kaiser ... Tamino
Amy Carson Amy Carson ... Pamina
Ben Davis ... Papageno (as Benjamin Jay Davis)
Silvia Moi Silvia Moi ... Papagena
René Pape René Pape ... Sarastro
Lyubov Petrova Lyubov Petrova ... Queen of the Night
Tom Randle Tom Randle ... Monostatos
Liz Smith ... The Old Papagena
Teuta Koço Teuta Koço ... First Lady
Louise Callinan Louise Callinan ... Second Lady
Kim-Marie Woodhouse Kim-Marie Woodhouse ... Third Lady
William Dutton William Dutton ... First Boy
Luke Lampard Luke Lampard ... Second Boy
Jamie Manton Jamie Manton ... Third Boy
Rodney Clarke Rodney Clarke ... First Officer
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Storyline

During World War I, in an unnamed country, a soldier named Tamino is sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the supposedly evil Sarastro. But all is not as it seems.

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Flauta Mágica See more »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot entirely in a studio. Even the final scene, which supposedly takes place in sunlit exteriors, was created partly by CGI effects. See more »

Quotes

Papageno: [Papageno and Tamino are undergoing a trial of silence, but Papageno speaks anyway, much to the displeasure of Tamino. An old woman enters] Is that for me?
Old Papagena: [speaks, carrying a tray of refreshments] Yes, my angel!
Papageno: [drinks and then speaks] Water! Ugh! How old are you, my dear?
Old Papagena: [speaks] I'm eighteen years and - two minutes.
Papageno: [bursts into laughter and speaks] I see! Do you have a boyfriend?
Old Papagena: [speaks] Oh, yes!
Papageno: [speaks] What's his name?
Old Papagena: [speaks] Papageno!
Papageno: [speaks as she starts to leave] Papa - Hey, that's me! ...
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Crazy Credits

The overture to the opera is played both at the beginning and the end, but only at the end is it played over the film's credits. See more »

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Version of Operavox: The Magic Flute (1995) See more »

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Closing Credits Music: Overture to 'The Magic Flute'
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by James Conlon
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A noble and beautiful attempt to make Mozart's opera more accessible

I say "attempt" because it doesn't really work for me, but noble and beautiful because of the fearless creativity of Kenneth Branagh and Steven Fry in re-creating Mozart's opera with most of the original music. Without any prior knowledge of the Masonic rites of Mozart's time it would be hard to comprehend any performance of the opera. Fortunately the music is so wonderful it usually doesn't matter. In this version the performance of the music is not at the level normally achieved by the best opera houses. The music is wonderful but at times the tempi seem rushed, as if to ensure the film doesn't exceed most viewers' attention spans.

The acting often struck me as somewhat amateurish, particular that of the two young lovers, Tamino and Pamina who were almost too strenuous in their declaration of love for each other, despite having first met minutes before. The portrayal of Sarastro however, was magnificent. Rene Pape, the operatic bass who played the part gave Sarastro a depth of humanity and dignity that one rarely sees nowadays. Branagh provides some intriguing hints as to the enmity between Sarastro and Pamina's mother, the Queen of the Night.

If you love Mozart's music, do see this film. If you don't enjoy classical music, give it a pass.


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