THE MAGIC FLUTE Directed and Written by INGMAR BERGMAN
This is an occasion: genius is served.
Ingmar Bergman treats Mozart's opera with spirit, reverence and understanding. In this adaptation of The Magic Flute, the director makes the work his own without ever violating it. Mozart is renewed, enhanced; Bergman is triumphant.
Lest the movie sound rarefied, it should be added that The Magic Flute is a wonderful bit of sorcery, passionate, elegant and lighthearted. Anyone with a cultural prejudice against opera, a suspicion of its loftier excesses, will be immediately disarmed. Opera fans will be...