The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute
  • 2006
  • UK / France
  • 2h 18min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Written by: Emanuel Schikaneder (Libretto), Kenneth Branagh (Adapted for the screen by), Stephen Fry (English libretto and dialogue), Kenneth Branagh & Stephen Fry (screenplay)
  • Cast: Joseph Kaiser, Amy Carson, René Pape, Lyubov Petrova, Benjamin Jay Davis, Silvia Moi, Tom Randle, Ben Uttley, Teuta Koço, Louise Callinan, Kim-Marie Woodhouse, Rodney Clarke, Charne Rochford
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This risky cinematic venture transfers Mozart's opera to the battlefields of WWI. The film's concepts hold strong, creating a dreamlike world in which soldier Tamino (Kaiser) must bring peace by finding love in the midst of death. But while the singing is wonderful, the acting is weak, and Branagh's visual imagination ultimately falls short.

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The Magic Flute

29 Nov 20073 stars

OPERA (PG) 138 min Kenneth Branagh’s version of As You Like It was the most misconceived Shakespeare movie in living memory. News that he planned to transfer Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute to the battlefields of World War One did not bode well, even…

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