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Wagner's Dream (2012)

Wagner's Dream

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 473

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Movie Info

The stakes could not be higher as one of the theater's finest stage directors teams up with one of the world's leading opera companies to tackle opera's most monumental challenge: a new production of Wagner's Ring cycle-the four-part, 16-hour work that the composer first presented in 1876. Wagner's Dream takes you deep into the artistic and musical challenges of the epic work. Visionary director Robert Lepage begins a five-year journey to create the most ambitious staging in Metropolitan Opera … More

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Unrated
Genre:
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Wagner's Dream

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

You don't need to be a fan of Wagner, or even opera, to find this a fascinating glimpse of a dauntingly complex human endeavor.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The result is an engrossing chronicle of creative people under pressure, a movie about the madness of opera for which no knowledge of opera is required for full enjoyment.

Full Review… | July 25, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's a bit startling that director Susan Fröemke would choose to make a documentary about the set.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

The finished "Ring" cycle, a combination of "myth, science and legend" made to order as Wagner imagined it, was unique to every viewer's eye. The making of it will be spellbinding to everyone.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A rousing portrait of creative renewal.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

[A] 16-hour, four-opera masterwork about the creation and destruction of the world, a work that Wagner considered unstageable in his time.

Full Review… | July 18, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Marvelously candid documentary depicting the creation of a massive, seemingly foolhardy pipe dream of a production. One of a handful of truly fine movies about opera.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Film Journal International

The title of Susan Froemke's documentary is both an expression of aspiration and a statement of achievement.

Full Review… | July 16, 2012
Slant Magazine

Richard Wagner would be overjoyed to see a production of his Ring cycle staged in a manner that was impossible in the 19th Century.

Full Review… | July 11, 2012
Compuserve

The first hour here is the most fascinating, as Froemke details the nuts and bolts of getting this massive undertaking off the ground. Once we get past the opening night of the first opera in the cycle, things start to get repetitive.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
The Washingtonian

What Froemke's film does - or at least did for this Wagner novice - is prompt the urgent itch to see Lepage's take on the Ring, see another, and gain the confidence to judge first-hand.

Full Review… | June 19, 2012
Daily Telegraph

An engrossing look behind the curtain of the Metropolitan Opera ... it will wear down any resistance to the composer

Full Review… | May 7, 2012
Film-Forward.com

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