Ingmar Bergman Double Feature! In Mozart's last operatic masterpiece, THE MAGIC FLUTE, a heroic prince is enlisted by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter from her evil father. In SUMMER WITH MONIKA, a girl (Harriet Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families in Stockholm run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach.
Presented in association with the Swedish Film Institute and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.
THE MAGIC FLUTE
1974, Janus Films, 134 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman
Director Ingmar Bergman shot Mozart's last operatic masterpiece for Swedish television in 1973, all on a studio lot in which the famed 18th-century Royal Court Theat...re of Drottningholm was re-created. A heroic prince (Josef Köstlinger) has been enlisted by the Queen of the Night (Birgit Nordin) to rescue her daughter, the beautiful Pamina (Irma Urrila), from her evil father, Sarastro (Ulrik Cold). The music is sublime, and the film is stunning to look at with gorgeous cinematography by Bergman favorite Sven Nykvist. “THE MAGIC FLUTE is magical indeed, charming and musically fulfilling, a perfect commingling of one form of art and another.” — Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times.
SUMMER WITH MONIKA
SOMMAREN MED MONIKA
1953, Janus Films, 97 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman
Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson (in the first of her many roles for him), Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love. A girl (Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families in Stockholm run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach, far from parents and responsibilities. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair are forced to return to reality. The version initially released in the U.S. was re-edited by its distributor into something more salacious, but the original presented here is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman’s most important films.
Both films in Swedish with English subtitles.