Wagner & Me (2012)



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Stephen Fry's quest begins in southern Germany where he is granted unique access to Bayreuth's legendary annual Wagner festival. In Switzerland he discovers the origins of Wagner's masterpiece The Ring. In Bavaria he marvels at the fairytale castle inspired by Wagner's music, and in St Petersburg learns why Wagner fascinated Russian audiences. But Fry also confronts the composer's dark side. In Nuremberg he investigates how Hitler appropriated Wagner's music, and in London meets a cellist who … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
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Box Office: $37.7k
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Ultimately, the music that Fry first heard as a child "on my father's gramophone" comes first for him, and much of the pleasure of "Wagner & Me" is that Fry lets us see how art transforms him.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Seattle Times
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The passion that Fry and company feel for Wagner's work keeps them from the measured appraisal this film needs. They hear him, but they don't see him.

Full Review… | December 11, 2012
Boston Globe
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In addition to the magnificent music, the movie takes its rumpled charm from Fry's unfeigned fanboy manner.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
New York Post
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The director, Patrick McGrady, gracefully alternates interviews and biographical passages with stirring lyrical musical sequences.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Times
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Even those impervious to Wagner's music will find it difficult to resist Fry's charm.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
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An exuberant and deeply personal documentary about the allure and the legacy of the German composer's work.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
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