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Wagner & Me (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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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

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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.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

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

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

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

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

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Through the infectious enthusiasm of host Stephen Fry [the film] might even light the flame for others unfamiliar with Wagner.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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The composer has no better advocate than Fry.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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Highly entertaining and informative exploration of the great, if undeniably difficult, composer Richard Wagner.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Wagner & Me spends a disappointing amount of time drifting away from the relationship promised in its title.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Even when Wagner & Me seems uneven as an art historical study, it's fairly successful as a travelogue.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Picturesque exploration of a Jewish guy's love for the anti-Semitic, Hitler-favorite composer, Richard Wagner.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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The conundrum of a love of music tainted with Nazism.

March 2, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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