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Free Screening of Ingmar Bergman's "Magic Flute"

Join us Saturday March 29 at the Main San Francisco Public Library for a free screening of director Ingmar Bergman’s gorgeous rendering of Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute. Presented by the Merola Opera Program in partnership with the the San Francisco Public Library, The Magic Flute will be preceded by a talk by a Merola opera representative, who will give an insider's look at Mozart's opera and Bergman's film.

"Ingmar Bergman puts his indelible stamp on Mozart’s exquisite opera in this sublime rendering of one of the composer's best-loved works: a celebration of love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man."

"The Magic Flute may well take its place among the five or six greatest films that Bergman has directed…It emerges as a marvelous tribute by a master of the visual arts to the eighteenth century's greatest artistic spirit. --Peter Cowie

SFPL info:

12:30 Meet at the Main San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin St.), Lower Level, in the Library Cafe.

12:55 Take our seats in the adjacent the Koret Auditorium. The film starts at 1:00.

4:30 Move across the street to Gyro King (25 Grove St.) for coffee and conversation.



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  • John

    Merola's speakers related several marvelous anecdotes about the actors and director of "The Magic Flute." I too noticed things I never had before, such as Bergman's Brechtian use of signs displaying song lyrics and the incorporations of backstage scenes. On the big screen, the beauty of the actors' faces, the humor of their gestures, and the palette of the costumes and sets was quite striking. Thanks to everyone for the enjoyable conversation at the cafe afterwards.

    March 30, 2014

  • Luke C.

    I have this film on DVD, and I haven't seen it in a long time. This time, seeing the movie on the big screen felt different. I discovered the movie this time around had more to say to me. And it felt longer. And this time I noticed the movie messages given via the signs.

    March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    John, can you confirm that the film ends around 3:30 and that we will go for coffee after that?

    March 29, 2014

  • John

    Today's screening of "The Magic Flute" will be preceded by a talk (circa 30 minutes?) by a Merola opera representative, who will give an insider's look at Mozart's opera and Bergman's film.

    March 29, 2014

  • Karen

    Hi - wondering about the schedule. I read that the film is two hours and 14 minutes. It starts at one yet we're not meeting to discuss until 430. Did you mean to say 330?

    March 26, 2014

  • Kate

    What a terrific film, and a chance to see it on a big screen? Not to be missed! I wish I could be there…Enjoy!

    February 20, 2014

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