Video exclusive: an extract from Ingmar Bergman’s version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

James McCarthy Fri 9th March 2018

Bergman's 1975 film will be shown at BFI Southbank this March and released on DVD/Blu-ray in April

Ingmar Bergman's 1975 adaptation of Mozart's The Magic Flute will be shown at BFI Southbank cinemas from March 15 to 21 and will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on April 23. We're pleased to present an exclusive extract from the film below:

Alan Blyth reviewed the original soundtrack release in the January 1976 issue of Gramophone, commenting that 'the performance itself is oddly endearing. After so many Flutes that are too portentous or else take themselves too seriously, it is pleasing to come upon one that is fresh and lightweight, bringing back to the score a sense of simple wonder and child-like delight, which seconds Bergman's vision. Eric Ericson's conducting is consistently on the fast, light side, but he manages to achieve his direct, fresh reading without any sacrifice of the work's more profound elements.'

To book tickets to see The Magic Flute at BFI Southbank cinemas, please visit: whatson.bfi.org.uk.

To pre-order the DVD/Blu-ray, visit: shop.bfi.org.uk

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