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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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During the filming the '3 Knights' would dine together, and each would try to 'outdo' the others in serving opulent meals. 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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Long, but not boring
12 April 2000 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

With a stupendous cast headed by Richard Burton, this film takes on the life of Wagner and seems to raise the same complaints his audience had regarding his operas: long bacchanals of passion and excess. Art imitates life? You bet! Burton's monologues are brilliant as usual (I'm a long-time Burton fan) full of emotion and brilliantly performed. As to why everyone including royalty continued to support and love his music, chosing to ignore for the most part his despicible life in which he treated everyone shabbily including his wife, lovers, patrons, etc. . . .is it any different today? Don't we love our music/film icons ignoring their dark side? This film also made me want to rush to history books to read more about the era, especially about the young king of Bavaria. Take two nights to watch the video.


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