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Wagner & Me

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  • Actors: Stephen Fry
  • Directors: Patrick McGrady
  • Region: Region 4 (This version of the DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Antidote Films
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2011
  • Run Time: 89.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • ASIN: 0987049518
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Actor and writer Stephen Fry explores his passion for the world's most controversial composer. Stephen is Jewish, and lost family in the Holocaust - can he salvage Richard Wagner's music from its dark associations with anti-Semitism and Hitler? Fry's quest unfolds against the backdrop of the annual Wagner festival in Bayreuth, southern Germany. Granted unique access to this legendary arts institution, he eavesdrops on rehearsals and discovers its backstage secrets before setting off again to explore several other landmarks of Wagner's career. Fry also confronts the composer's dark side, travelling to Nuremberg to investigate how Hitler appropriated Wagner's music and meeting a musician who played in the prisoners' orchestra at Auschwitz, where some of Stephen's relatives died. Animated by Fry's trademark wit and intelligence, and featuring a soundtrack of Wagner's extraordinary music, this is a fantastic introduction to the life and legacy of one of history's great geniuses, and required viewing for anyone who already loves Wagner's work. Even those allergic to Wagner will be riveted.. Martin Hoyle, Financial Times

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