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Wagner's Dream Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 28, 2013
| Original Score: B+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: A-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 19, 2012
A rousing portrait of creative renewal.
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 19, 2012
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 18, 2012
[A] 16-hour, four-opera masterwork about the creation and destruction of the world, a work that Wagner considered unstageable in his time.
| Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
July 16, 2012
The title of Susan Froemke's documentary is both an expression of aspiration and a statement of achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
July 11, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
June 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 29, 2012
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.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 29, 2012
Tension flows organically from every phase of this dangerous endeavor, making for a highly entertaining outing for operaphiles and operaphobes alike.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
May 7, 2012
An engrossing look behind the curtain of the Metropolitan Opera ... it will wear down any resistance to the composer
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Terauds
Toronto Star
May 3, 2012
A two-hour documentary that has as many hair-raising, stomach-churning moments as a ride on Wonderland's new Leviathan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 19, 2012
It's a bit startling that director Susan Fröemke would choose to make a documentary about the set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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