Books &Illustration &Luzzati & Gianini 16 Apr 2009 08:06 am

The Magic Flute – 1

- Emanuele Luzzati teamed with animator Giulio Gianini many times to produce some of the most beautiful films of the 60s & 70s. Their feature version of The Magic Flute completed in 1978 was also adapted into a book by Luzzati. He’d done the sets and costumes for a version of the opera in 1963.

The film didn’t get the attention it deserved, and it remains hard to locate. A small snippet is incorporated into a video on YouTube. (The animation doesn’t come on until about a minute of the piece.)

I originally saw the film when it once aired on local WNET (PBS station). It wasn’t repeated and video wasn’t available back then. However, I do have the children’s book which Luzzati published from his designs for the animation.

Here are the first half of the illustrations in the book.

(Click any image to enlarge.)

I left the type in the illustrations, though it’s a bit hard to read.








To be concluded tomorrow.

18 Responses to “The Magic Flute – 1”

  1. on 16 Apr 2009 at 8:59 am 1.Stephen Macquignon said …

    Beautifully illustrated, too bad about the dragon they always get a bad rep, most likely protecting its young when some silly human walks by and disturbs its lair.

  2. on 16 Apr 2009 at 9:11 am 2.Chelsea Kopacsi said …

    Is this out of print?.. If so, that’s a DAMN shame THe pictures are absolutely gorgeous and loving classical music to draw by myself this story has always been an inspiration. Congrats on finding it.

  3. on 16 Apr 2009 at 1:07 pm 3.pureboy said …

    Wow this is pretty awesome!

    I love this masterpiece a lot.

    By the way, I found an animation clip made by 11-year-old kid.

  4. on 16 Apr 2009 at 8:49 pm 4.hans bacher said …

    another treasure, michael.
    pureboy – I recommend the 11 year old should try for some years on cheap paper that can be thrown in the trash.

  5. on 17 Apr 2009 at 9:11 pm 5.Joe Calabresi said …

    That stuff is amazing. Thank you for posting such inspirational work!
    ( Holy Cow is that THE Hans Bacher commenting up there — Hi Hans..Im a big fan )

  6. on 20 Apr 2009 at 5:35 am 6.Don Hatcher said …

    Wonderful work and I well remember seeing his work in an early issue of Graphis magazine (no 99 I think?) A bit like a loose version of the Swiss artist/Illustrator Celestino Piatti with his bold black line.

  7. on 20 Apr 2009 at 6:52 am 7.Johanne Gagnon said …

    That looks wonderful!
    I really love your work!

  8. on 22 Apr 2009 at 4:14 am 8.Antia said …

    Uf, i saw like millions of time this animation when i was a child, and i am a litlle obsesioneted with it…i just found now that there is a book!!!Thanks for the post…i will try to find to buy it!

  9. on 28 Apr 2009 at 10:54 am 9.rachael said …


  10. on 07 Jun 2009 at 9:06 pm 10.lon said …

    Hey, man. Look on you-tube channel ‘TornaZefiro’ for entire movie. It is lovely.

  11. on 08 Jun 2009 at 8:07 am 11.Michael said …

    Thank you, Ion.
    The links to all four parts of this YouTube video are:
    part 1
    part 2
    part 3
    part 4

  12. on 17 Sep 2009 at 1:54 pm 12.Jim Beasley said …

    Film to DVD

    The artwork here very much reminds me of when I read “Where the Wild things Are” as a child. I think that book got an award for its wonderful artwork.

    Great job and nice art!


  13. on 08 Oct 2009 at 9:00 pm 13.Helen Butcher said …

    What is the ISBN of this book ? I’d like to get in put in my library

  14. on 07 Oct 2011 at 12:56 am 14.Deepika said …


    I loved your illustrations & would like to use such illustrations for a poster for a school production. Do let me know if you could help us out with the illustrations. Thanks a ton.

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    Enjoyed reading through this, very good stuff, regards.

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