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21 June 2012 (Germany) See more »
Actor and writer Stephen Fry explores his passion for the world's most controversial composer - Richard Wagner... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Stephen Fry ... Himself - Presenter

Directed by
Patrick McGrady 
Writing credits
Patrick McGrady (written by)

Produced by
Adam Barker .... executive producer: BBC
Astrid Heidenreich .... associate producer
John Marshall .... executive producer: Screen East
Patrick McGrady .... producer
Lucy Ward .... executive producer
Film Editing by
Amanda Young (picture editor)
Production Management
Sergei Beck .... production manager: Russia
Art Department
Gary Mayes .... graphics
Malca Schotten .... graphics
Sound Department
Stephen Crawley .... sound
David Ingram .... dubbing
Andrey Nikolaev .... sound: Russia (as Andrei Nikolayev)
Tim Wheeler .... dubbing
Camera and Electrical Department
Sergey Dubrovsky .... camera operator: Russia (as Sergei Dubrovsky)
Jeremy Irving .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Paul Ingvarsson .... on-line editor
Other crew
Beth Beamer .... production assistant

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89 min

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Himself - Presenter:Imagine a great, beautiful, intricate tapestry of infinite colour, that has been stained indelibly. It's still a beautiful tapestry, with miraculous workmanship and gorgeous colour and silken texture, but that stain is real, and, I'm afraid, Hitler and Nazism have stained Wagner. For some people, that stain ruins the whole work. For others, it is just something you have to face up to. But here, as storm clouds gather in Nuremberg... Here is a place to think about such thingsSee more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Wishing for more Wagner and less Me, 1 November 2013
Author: xWRL from United States

This beautifully shot documentary offers tempting glimpses of Bayreuth and the goings on there. But those glimpses really just scratch the surface. Probed at greater length if not depth are the mixed feelings of Stephen Fry about the place and about Wagner, the man who built it.

His misgivings are very well founded, since the place and the composer were closely associated with Hitler and still are. But, though Fry is a smart, genuine, and entertaining man, in this film he really doesn't convey his feelings in a way that makes for compelling viewing. Too much of the film is Fry in awe of the place--the architecture, a conductor's chair, a door knob--while worrying about the Nazi taint.

Parts are well done, especially an interview with an Auschwitz survivor who doesn't get why Fry is so enthralled with the place. But an interview with Wagner's great granddaughter Eva, who co-directs the Bayreuth Festival with her half-sister, is just odd. She doesn't respond well to any of Fry's questions and eventually walks off. Are we to conclude that she's aware of the Nazi taint and highly embarrassed? It's hard to tell.

There's much to be curious about regarding the history of the Festival and its operation, but that's not the topic of this film. Even for someone curious about Stephen Fry's ambivalence to the experience filmed here, what's offered is regrettably superficial.

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