The Magic Flute
is Kenneth Branagh
's English-language film version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
's singspiel Die Zauberflöte
. The film is a co-production between France & the UK, produced by Idéale Audience and in association with UK's The Peter Moores Foundation.
In November 2005, it was announced that, as part of the 250th anniversary celebration of Mozart's birthday, a new film version of The Magic Flute
, set during World War I
, was to be made, directed by Kenneth Branagh
, with a translation by Stephen Fry
. The film was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival
on September 7, 2006, at the Venice Film Festival
on September 8 of that year, and released in Switzerland on 5 April 2007. It has played in many European countries.
The film is the first motion picture version of the opera specifically intended for movie theatres. Ingmar Bergman
's 1975 film version was made for Swedish television and only later released to theatres. Branagh's version was shot in Super 35
and released in anamorphic widescreen, while Bergman's was filmed in Academy ratio
for television sets of the 1970's.
A DVD of the film was released in France in August 2007 with a bonus soundtrack CD (lasting around 79 minutes) and a "Making of" featurette (50 minutes). The film has also been released on DVD in the Netherlands (in a three-disc set), Finland, Argentina, and Japan.... Read More