THE MAGIC FLUTE
TROLLFLÖJTEN
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 Theatre 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.


WHAT WE STARTED
2017, Bert Marcus Productions/Abramorama, 94 min, USA, Dir: Bert Marcus, Cyrus Saidi

Through an artfully crafted narrative, powerful cast of superstars and stunning visual techniques, this documentary delves into the highly popular world of electronic dance music, providing backdoor access to a widely misunderstood, self-driven and well-insulated industry on its way to global domination. The film spans the music’s rich history, from its underground inception in late-1980s America to the musicians and fans of the genre who relentlessly fought in the dance clubs and on the streets to find a safe space to express themselves, to the development of this modern, mainstream revolution that has taken the world by storm. Featuring industry pioneers and superstars of today including Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Moby, Pete Tong, David Guetta, Afrojack, Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Usher and Ed Sheeran, WHAT WE STARTED highlights the current boom in electronic dance music while leaving open the question of what will happen next for this incredible music genre.


ALICE COOPER: WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE
1975, 84 min, USA, Dir: David Winters

To support his first solo album, king of shock rock Alice Cooper put together his most elaborate stage show yet and took it on the road. Built around the concept of a young boy’s nightmares, the production featured such hits as “I'm Eighteen” and “School's Out” along with songs from the Welcome to My Nightmare album. With a great band including guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter, the Coop is in terrific form throughout this London-shot concert film, a longtime staple of the midnight movie circuit.


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