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 ... See full summary »
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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 Wagner speaks at the political meeting, the vertical German flags in the background have the wrong sequence of black-gold-red, while the ones draping the podium are the correct black-red-gold ones. (The flags are the 1832 Hambach Festival flag - the modern German flag dating from 1848 was developed from the Hambach colours) See more »

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interesting
17 January 2016 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

a biography of Wagner. not the best but fascinating for the manner of Richard Wagner to translate the image not exactly of a composer but a revolutionary figure. the atmosphere, the performances, the music are pieces of an interesting fresco for a period, a struggle and foundation of a new vision. and each becomes useful to define the essence of a fall of period. only sin - the seductive way to be Wagner by Burton. one of his last roles, Wagner becomes cloth for the career of a fascinating actor. the identity between lead character and his interpreter has a thin line as border. a virtue. and, maybe, one of the details who gives specific flavor to a biographic series.


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