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zypherious



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 2:24 am    Post subject: Branagh to put The Magic Flute on film Reply with quote

Kenneth Branagh is to direct a film of The Magic Flute, with a libretto translated from the German by Stephen Fry. The opera - Mozart's fantastical tale of the triumph of lovers Tamino and Pamina against the evil Queen of the Night, complete with masonic overtones, pyramids, lethal serpents and a lustful Moor - will be set in the first world war.

The three ladies who accompany the Queen of the Night will be recast as field nurses, and the feathered man, Papageno, will become the custodian of canaries used to detect lethal gas.The $27m (£15.2m) venture, which starts shooting in January, is being financed by the 73-year-old Littlewoods heir Peter Moores, whose charitable foundation has supported opera recordings sung in English for decades.

"It's not the world of the small chequebook," he said.

His dream of bringing opera to film audiences has been brewing for 15 years. "My original idea was to ask Richard Attenborough. I have about two ideas every morning. Most of them die, but some of them live on under the floorboards."

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, under James Conlon, recorded the opera in September with the cast, who will mime on set at Shepperton studios.

The cast includes German bass René Pape as the wise ruler Sarastro and Lyubov Petrova as the Queen of the Night. Joseph Kaiser and Ben Davis, both veterans of film director Baz Luhrmann's Broadway production of La Bohème, sing Tamino and Papageno respectively. A complete unknown, recent Cambridge graduate Amy Carson, sings Pamina.

Personally, I think I would look foreward to this film but too many fantasy movies being released that I'm afraid people would get bored even if the film is truly good.
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kinkarso



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this movie coming out soon? It seems to be a very nice movie. I'll go watch the trailer and see if it's worth my money.
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Kaabi



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow that movie sounds like it's going to really suck. Of course, if my movies don't have violence or extreme language, it automatically gets no stars. But hey, that's just me.
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