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Wagner and Me2010

  • 3.7
English actor and raconteur Stephen Fry explores his passion for history’s most controversial composer, Richard Wagner. Can he salvage Wagner’s music from its association with Hitler? Animated by Fry’s trademark wit and intelligence and set against the backdrop of Germany's annual Bayreuth Festival, this is a provocative yet enjoyable introduction to the life and legacy of one of music’s most complicated geniuses.

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Wagner and Me, Stephen Fry's BBC produced meditation on his conflicted obsession (he's Jewish after all) with all things Wagner. Suitably fabulous, appropriately balanced, in the end superb.

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Wagner and Me, Stephen Fry's BBC produced meditation on his conflicted obsession (he's Jewish after all) with all things Wagner. Suitably fabulous, appropriately balanced, in the end superb.

1 member likes this review
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Here's some other eerie paradoxes: 1)The German man who directed a film about The Dreyfus Affair ( 1939's"The Life of Emile Zola") directed

an early biographical film about Wagner (1955's "Magic Fire") 2) The Jewish man who created Zionism was inspired by Wagner's music to establish a homeland for The Jews, which would essentially become Israel.

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now I get it! Wagner was like the Deep Purple of his day! only kidding

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Actually a very good history of The Ring and a struggle for a Jew to reconcile a love for Wagner's genius with Hitler's adoration of the man. Maybe a little slow, and informal, and a fraction too much ad libbed, though by an eloquent Fry.

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well done, a true learning experience

I found this quite tedious and intellectually shallow. Not a documentary, not a scholarly probing, just a fan interviewing some people and prowling around Wagner's former stomping grounds.

Great look behind the scenes at Bayreuth. Good look at the social implications of Wagner today. Must-see for any Wagnerite