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J.A.A. Purves

The Magic Flute (2006)

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I only just saw this, but as far as film versions of operas go, it is enjoyable and creative.  The World War I type setting somehow helps explain some of Mozart's themes in ways that I didn't understand them before.  Besides, a good magical fairy tale film is rare these days, but I count this as one of them.  Moreover, I really wish more directors would make more operas into films, so kudos to Branagh for following a rare tradition that Ingmar Bergman also played with.  In an ideal world, this would would be one of the first experimental stages of many more films of many different operas to come.


Everyone seems fine with the idea of making Broadway musicals into films, let's do it more with opera.


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