We will be viewing a film of Mozart’s popular opera “The Magic Flute” that was directed by famed Irish actor and director Kenneth Branagh (“Henry V”, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, “Thor”, and many more). Although the film was made in 2006 and has been seen throughout Europe it never had an American distributor until this year. On July 9th and 11th approximately 160 theaters throughout the USA will present two showings of this film. Unfortunately, folks in the Puget Sound region will have to travel to the Rose Theater in Port Townsend or the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham to see Branagh’s reimagination of Mozart’s classic. Do not miss this opportunity to see it shown on a 55 inch flat screen tv with a great detached sound system in a private residence located in north Seattle near Lake City.
Here is a description of the film taken from the rottentomatoes.com web site:
“Acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh skillfully lifts one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most beloved works from its original fairy-tale setting and places it against the backdrop of the First World War with this impassioned English-language adaptation staged to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the master composer's birth. Tamino (Joseph Kaiser) has been wounded in battle, but his life is saved when he is subsequently rescued by three kindly field nurses. Papageno (Benjamin Jay Davis) is a bird keeper whose mission it is to check the trenches for dangerous gasses. Upon seeing a picture of the lovely Pamina (Amy Carson) and instantly falling in love with the girl, Tamino makes it his mission in life to save his treasured beauty from the clutches of nefarious kidnapper Sarastro (Rene Pape). Tamino won't be alone on his dangerous mission, though, because the noble Papageno, who has determined to rescue his own true love, has vowed to fight alongside the smitten soldier right to the bitter end. An imaginative new adaptation of one of Mozart's most beloved operas, Branagh's variation on The Magic Flute features newly adapted libretto by Stephen Fry, musical direction by James Conlon, and an unforgettable score skillfully performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.”
Here is the trailer for the film:
Magic Flute - trailer
Here is a clip that shows the first six minutes of this film:
The Magic Flute – preview
If, after viewing this over the top preview (even Mozart would be surprised), you still need a second or third opinion in order to decide whether to see this version of “The Magic Flute” here is a link to rottentomatoes.com where you can read or scan all of the reviews which produced the 74 rating to see if this film is for you:
Tomatometer – The Magic Flute
We will meet in the club house of a condominium complex at 5:30 to socialize and begin noshing. Around 6:30 we will get comfy and view the 2-1/2 hour film. The film will be shown on a 55 inch flat panel television. The meetup will be over around 9:00 pm. Everyone is expected to help clean up the clubhouse.
This is a potluck event, and all participants are required to bring both food and beverage (no alcohol) contributions. The food should be more of a finger food, and should not require extensive on site preparation (a stove, oven, and microwave oven are available). I will provide bottled water, lemonade, hot chocolate, and popcorn at no cost. A lengthier description of the potluck, as well as other details of this event such as directions and parking, will be emailed about one week before the event to the folks who have made reservations.
This event, unlike most meetups, takes place on private property, and the condo's property management company wants assurance that every guest at a private social event held in the co-owned club house is known to the host. To participate in this event you must answer the question that asks for your first and last name (actual name), city of residence, phone number, and email address. Failure to provide this information will result in your reservation being cancelled.
This meetup is cross listed with the Seattle Cinema Club and Culture Vultures; a total of 24 spots will be available and will be allocated to each group based on demand. Because of the limited space participants will not be allowed to come with a guest; this is for current members only.
If a local theater schedules "The Magic Flute" this meetup will be canceled, and another meetup will be scheduled around a public showing.