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Wagner & Me

Directed by: Patrick McGrady, Stephen Fry
89 Minutes, 2011, Documentary

Enter the world of history’s most controversial composer. Actor Stephen Fry is a devoted fan of Richard Wagner’s music—and so was Hitler. Fry is Jewish and acutely aware of the complexity of his enthusiasm for Richard Wagner. Can Fry disentangle the music he loves from its poisonous links with Hitler? Featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the Bayreuth Festival, the annual festival held in Wagner’s honor and showcasing his music, and a full soundtrack of Wagner’s famous music, this film explores the life and legacy of one of the world’s most famous composers–and poses the question of if it’s possible to separate the art from the artist.

 

 

Credits

Directors: Patrick McGrady, Stephen Fry

Producer: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Producer: Wavelength Films

Cast: Stephen Fry

Written by: Patrick McGrady

Distributor: First Run Features