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Wagner's Dream Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

July 25, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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It's a bit startling that director Susan Fröemke would choose to make a documentary about the set.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 19, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

July 19, 2012
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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A rousing portrait of creative renewal.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 19, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

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 Source: Film Journal International

July 19, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 18, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 16, 2012
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

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 Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

July 11, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian

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 Source: The Washingtonian | Original Score: 6/10

June 21, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 5/5

June 19, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Rising well above the typical making-of feature, the doc will fascinate buffs when shown alongside the operas themselves and should stand on its own... as a from-the-inside look at one institution's attempt to remain vital as its popularity fades.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 29, 2012
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Tension flows organically from every phase of this dangerous endeavor, making for a highly entertaining outing for operaphiles and operaphobes alike.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 29, 2012
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

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

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2012
John Terauds
Toronto Star
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A two-hour documentary that has as many hair-raising, stomach-churning moments as a ride on Wonderland's new Leviathan.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/4

May 3, 2012
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: B+

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