Family Movie Review: Magic Flute Diaries

From the acclaimed director of Anne of Green Gables…comes a new film meant to entice and captivate the musically literate. Based on the opera “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sullivan’s newest movie release – “Mozart’s Magic Flute Diaries” – tells the story of a young singer named Tom who falls in love with the mysterious woman who is cast opposite him in The Magic Flute. Tom’s imagination carries him back to the 18th century to the grandeur and glory of Mozart’s time, but he soon realizes that his “reality” holds just as much as suspense, romance, and intrigue as his daydreams.

Mozart’s Magic Flute Diaries recently was awarded Best Family Film at the Staten Island Film Festival in Canada. 

My husband and I watched the film after our daughter’s bedtime several weeks ago. Although it certainly is clean and refreshingly devoid of sexuality, violence, or language, I wouldn’t necessarily categorize it as a “family film” because the plot is a bit too serious and “grown-up” for young ones. The genre would best be described as “drama” or simply “opera.” This film is truly for the classical music aficionado. Brimming with elaborate costumes, operatic humor, and a full dose of Mozart’s musical masterpieces, The Magic Flute Diaries is not your latest blockbuster hit. What it IS is a tasteful piece of culture.

In the mood for a little Mozart? View the trailer, purchase a copy for yourself for $24.99, or enter to win a copy for your next date night or for a homeschool lesson on Mozart or for a gift to your favorite music teacher…

WIN IT! There will be three winners. Each will receive a copy of Mozart’s Magic Flute Diaries. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Friday, July 11 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * This contest is open to readers from the U.S. and Canada.  

*UPDATE* The winners are #129 Tina Hamersley, #87 Hazel, and #85 Angie. Congratulations!


  1. Michael Capp says

    I’d love to win this. I enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables series, so I’d imagine this could be something interesting to watch as well.

  2. Ilissa H . says

    This looks like a really good movie. I love fantasy type movies. Thank you for the chance. Please enter me in your giveaway :)

  3. Catalina K says

    I can only say that I would just love to win this true “piece of culture” – as you name it. Thank you for the special prize choices you make us happy with!

  4. mannequin says

    The Magic Flute is such a beautiful opera that I can well imagine this to be an interesting non-fall-asleep movie.
    Thanks for the chance and thanks for the review!

  5. karin a. says

    Sounds good!–no sex or violence. (Yay!) Beautiful music. Fine actors…. Something I would definitely enjoy watching.

  6. Jenn S. says

    This sounds good to me,I remember enjoying the Anne of Greene Gables series. I loved the opera as well.

  7. Cindi says

    Happy Fourth of July! My husband are in dire need of a date night. Please sign us up for this movie. I appreciate it. Thanks, Cindi

  8. Meredith Peters says

    If only I had a magic flute
    I’d take you back to the days of my youth
    How much better a life I would have had
    If only you’d been with me
    I’d have always been glad!!

  9. says

    wow…anything made by the same people who did Anne of Green Gables has got to be good. This is exciting. Thanks for telling us about it.

  10. Aisling says

    The women in my family have a special fondness for the Magic Flute. We’d enjoy watching this very much.

  11. Barbara Baker says

    Sounds like an interesting movie…I’d love to own this one since I love this genre of movies and prefer them over many.

  12. Tammy Cutts says

    I’ve lost count of how many times I have watched Anne of Green Gables. I’m sure anything by that director is going to be enjoyable. As fans of Mozart, this movie would be a double treat for my husband and me.

  13. Theresa Shafer says

    Mozart is heavenly to listen to while relaxing. Great choice for a give-a-way.
    Thank you.

  14. Roger Keeney says

    I’d love o win this, my12 year old plays flute, and it is an appropriate show for her as well.

  15. Linda Pinto says

    Anne of Green Gables is being rebroadcast now on PBS. The story never grows old. I would like to see more work by Sullivan. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  16. Heather Sebastian says

    Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite movies of all time! I have four sisters, and all of us, along with our Mom would watch these every year growing up. Now all of us are Anne of Green Gables fanatics!

    Growing up my Mom called my Anne of Purple, after Anne is this movie because my middle name is Anne.

  17. Noelia Gutierrez says

    i would love to win this, I love fantasy type movies and this is just down my alley, thanks for the contest.

  18. LeeAnn P. says

    my kids are young (2 and 4) but are crazy into the cultural stuff! They both adore going to the museum and looking at the art, not just the dinosaurs! And they both enjoy classical music and especially Ballet! Go figure. I know they would like this movie as much as I would. Thanks for Another great giveaway!

  19. Sabra says

    What can I say?…I love Anne of Green Gables! I would love to win this dvd. I am sure my kids would enjoy it.

  20. Angie says

    I have always been curious about this opera, but since musicals are definitely not hubby’s thing, I haven’t had an opportunity to see it. Maybe if I bring it home in movie form it will be a little more palatable for him… or maybe it will just give him the opportunity to knock it out loud. Hmmmm… worth a shot anyways!

  21. hazel says

    Woah, the costumes look awesome in those stills. I really enjoy movies with cool costumes and if they have great music, they get super double plus points.

  22. kris hickey says

    Anything Kevin Sullivan puts his hand to turns out wonderful. I’ve followed the production notes on this project from his MySpace page and am looking forward to seeing the final cut.

  23. Megan B. says

    This sounds like a great movie, I’d also like to watch it with my mother included. Its hard for her to find things to watch these days, since she’s offended by all the language and gratuitous violence!

  24. says

    Wouldn’t this be fantastic to see in the theater on stage??
    I would love to win the movie. It’s my kind of entertainment and I’m trying to bring culture into my grandchildren’s life.

  25. holly says

    This sounds wonderful! The girls night out group would love it and I would, too, being a long time fan of Mozart! cookiecutter72 AT hotmail dot com

  26. Catherine copeland says

    The more I come back to your site the more I love it. The Magic Flute Diaries sounds like such a great movie. I’d love to watch it.

  27. Christy says

    The Magic Flute was the first opera I saw and I fell in love with the story, the music and the composer! I’ve never heard of this movie, but it looks like something I’d enjoy (the Anne of Green Gables connection doesn’t hurt, either!)

  28. leigh says

    There are no boobs, guns, or car chases? I don’t believe it ;) Since I don’t know when we’re every going to get back to the opera, I would love to watch this. Thanks again for all the hard work you put into your blog!

  29. Jay French says

    Sounds like a good movie. I like having the kids hear classical music, even if they are in bed and we’re watching a DVD at night…

  30. Tina Hamersley says

    This would be a perfect gift for my family….its good clean fun! I totally love this movie! I’m so excited you are giving this away! Thank you!

  31. Elizabeth Ray says

    Based on my favorite opera, I know I’d cry when watching it. I’m sure I’d be wishing my Dad were still aloive, to watch it with me. (Mind you, I still want it! This brings back happy memories!)

  32. Molly Capel says

    I’ve never heard of this movie before. But it sounds really interesting, and would love to win a copy of my very own!

  33. Sue Farrell says

    This sounds like a really good DVD–I get so sick of the garbage that is the daily fare on TV–so I would really like to win this.

  34. kathleen yohanna says

    I have never heard of this DVD. It won an award in Canada for family films. I would love to see a good family film for a change.

  35. Mollie G. says

    “His reality holds just as much … as his daydreams”… sounds like it plays off multiple layers of Mozart, the Magic Flute opera, AND the underlying performing arts group presenting the performance — which means this should be quite a cultural stew!

  36. Kyle Banderman says

  37. Jennifer Schroeder says

    This sounds like a fantastic movie – it sounds much different from the mainstream today. I’d love to see it. Thank you for the great contest!

  38. LKnott says

    My Daughter got to work in the choir for Our Metro Opera this summer.What an experience for a farm girl!! She loved it. This Opera is one she would like to add to her collection.Thanks for the contest.

  39. Janice Gabriel says

    The Magic Flute Diaries sounds like a gem I would love to possess – fabulous Mozart music, costumes, imaginal scenes, and romance!

  40. Charlene Kuser says

    I am a big fan of Mozart.One of my favorite
    movies is Amadeus.Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway

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