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 Richard Wagner (10 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Cosima von Bulow (9 episodes, 1981-1983)
László Gálffi ...
 King Ludwig II of Bavaria / ... (9 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Pfistermeister (9 episodes, 1981-1983)
Miguel Herz-Kestranek ...
 Hans von Bülow (8 episodes, 1981-1983)
Gyula Benkö ...
 Narrator (8 episodes, 1981-1983)
Gemma Craven ...
 Minna / ... (7 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Pfordten (6 episodes, 1983)
Richard Pasco ...
 Otto Wesendonck (5 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Pfeuffer (5 episodes, 1983)
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 Nietzsche / ... (5 episodes, 1983)
Andrew Cruickshank ...
 Narrator / ... (5 episodes, 1981-1983)
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A huge panorama of Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 Revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria to the final triumph at Bayreuth. Wagner's radical musical and political ideas, his German nationalism and even his anti-Semitism are set in the context of his life and times. Written by Adrian Thorpe <acthorpe@epic.net>

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No fewer than three of the British actors in this film had died before it was premiered on British television in the autumn of 1984: Richard Burton, Ralph Richardson and Arthur Lowe. See more »

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When Ludwig is wading into the water to drown himself, automobiles are seen driving on a highway on the far shore. See more »

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What a magnificent film!
8 August 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What can say about this epic apart from the word, 'Magnificent'. To see such great actors in one film is really quite extraordinary. This is the only time Gielgud, Richardson and Olivier ever acted together on film. To see this is sheer heaven in its brilliance. The world is a sadder places without these geniuses. In the lead is Richard Burton who is really a magnificent Wagner. The young actor who plays Ludwig II is also wonderful. Vanessa Redgrave as Cosima is really superb as is Joan Plowright and many, many other performers such as Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Gemma Craven and the beautiful Martha Keller. Sit back and let it all wash over you. The creation of period is absolutely sensational as is the sheer beauty of Germany and Switzerland and other places. This is truly a glittering gem and should be screened more often.


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