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BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017

PREVIEW The Magic Flute Trollflöjten Sweden 1975. Dir Ingmar Bergman. With Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila, Ulrik Cold. 135min. Digital. EST. U. A BFI release Bergman’s film of Mozart’s masterpiece is one of the greatest screen versions of an opera ever made Shooting in Swedish on a set replicating a lovely 18th-century theatre, Bergman begins his wonderfully warm, witty and sensuous movie by focusing on the faces of a rapt audience (momentarily including his own) enjoying the overture. Thereafter, as the (abridged and intriguingly amended) tale of Tamino, Pamina et al proceeds, he highlights the piece’s exuberant theatrical illusionism, at the same time deploying close-ups to enhance the emotions conveyed by an excellent young cast. An admirably light touch is applied throughout, making for a performance of musical excellence, dramatic vitality and enormous, effortless charm. Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large PREVIEW SCREENINGS FROM FRI 15 DEC Ingmar Bergman A major season coming January 2018 ‘Probably the greatest film artist, all things considered, since the invention of the motion picture camera’ Woody Allen bfi.org.uk/ingmarbergman 15


BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017
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