2006 /135 min / 35mm / Opera on Film / English / PG
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Just as Mozart composed "The Magic Flute"
specifically for the man-in-the-street of 18th century Vienna, so does Kenneth Branagh ("As You Like It", "Hamlet"
) present a cinematic adaptation for 21st century audiences. Aided by CGI and new dialogue crafted by famed actor and author Stephen Fry, Branagh locates the simple story – a prince sent to rescue a princess – in the battlefields of the First World War.
Tamino is a young soldier sent to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, kidnapped by the priest Sarastro. Accompanied by Papageno, a simple-minded bird-catcher, Tamino discovers that his mission may not be so straightforward after all, and that the lines between good and evil are not so clearly defined.
Programmer's note: Don't miss the opening sequence or, as in the opera lingo, the overture.