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Wagner's Dream

Wagner's Dream (2012)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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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

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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.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

July 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It's a bit startling that director Susan Fröemke would choose to make a documentary about the set.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A rousing portrait of creative renewal.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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[A] 16-hour, four-opera masterwork about the creation and destruction of the world, a work that Wagner considered unstageable in his time.

July 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

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

July 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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.

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: The Washingtonian
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.

June 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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

May 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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