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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.
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.
In addition to the magnificent music, the movie takes its rumpled charm from Fry's unfeigned fanboy manner.
The director, Patrick McGrady, gracefully alternates interviews and biographical passages with stirring lyrical musical sequences.
Even those impervious to Wagner's music will find it difficult to resist Fry's charm.
An exuberant and deeply personal documentary about the allure and the legacy of the German composer's work.
Through the infectious enthusiasm of host Stephen Fry [the film] might even light the flame for others unfamiliar with Wagner.
The composer has no better advocate than Fry.
Highly entertaining and informative exploration of the great, if undeniably difficult, composer Richard Wagner.
Even when Wagner & Me seems uneven as an art historical study, it's fairly successful as a travelogue.
The conundrum of a love of music tainted with Nazism.
Wagner & Me spends a disappointing amount of time drifting away from the relationship promised in its title.
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