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Magic Fire (1956)

The life and career of German composer Richard Wagner.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Bertita Harding (screenplay), Ewald André Dupont (screenplay) (as E. A. Dupont) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Minna Planer
Carlos Thompson ... Franz Liszt
Rita Gam ... Cosima Liszt
Valentina Cortese ... Mathilde Wesendonk
Alan Badel ... Richard Wagner
Peter Cushing ... Otto Wesendonk
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Minister von Moll
Gerhard Riedmann Gerhard Riedmann ... King Ludwig II
Erik Schumann Erik Schumann ... Hans von Bulow
Robert Freitag Robert Freitag ... August Roeckel (as Robert Freytag)
Heinz Klingenberg Heinz Klingenberg ... King of Saxonia
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Giacomo Meyerbeer
Fritz Rasp ... Pfistermeister
Kurt Großkurth ... Magdeburg Theatre Manager (as Kurt Grosskurth)
Hans Quest Hans Quest ... Robert Hubner
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Storyline

The life and career of German composer Richard Wagner.

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Plot Keywords:

trucolor | based on novel | See All (2) »

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His Flaming Love Affairs Shocked the World!

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frauen um Richard Wagner See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who supervised and arranged the music of Wagner for this, his final film assignment, also appears on screen as famous conductor Hans Richter. Korngold had to take the small role when the actor originally cast failed to show up. With over 1000 extras in full costume on set, director William Dieterle pleaded with Korngold to take the non-speaking part, to save the shoot. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original version ran 150 minutes. This was trimmed to 120 minutes for the Royal Film Performance in July 1955, and was cut still more to about 90 minutes for its general release in 1956. Extant TV prints vary, with the US TV print running about 85 minutes. The surviving German print is just under 100 minutes. See more »

Soundtracks

Der Fliegende Hollander
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed by Otto Edelmann and Leonie Rysanek
Conducted by Alois Melichar
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Middle C-
12 February 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

One of the few films made with production care (but alas, not accuracy) at Republic in their final years, this is a very clumsy attempt at classy film making because of the wrong casting and silly storyline. The furniture and photography are good though. Supposed to be the story of Richard Wagner, it looks like a Monty Python version of The Music Lovers. Yvonne de Carlo was soon to be Lily Munster and Alan Badel must have been practising his bad German accent for 1979's Riddle Of The Sands long before it was needed. The problem with films like this is that real music lovers know and knew (in 1956 too) what Wagner was all about and how his music should be presented. This is very much a Liberace idea of European music and life. It's not even funny. It died, too. It actually is as if Republic, so used to making westerns just applied euro music and settings and then went about making a western anyway, it just happened to be the 'life story' of composer Wagner. Equally odd is the fact that the much lampooned wife of studio head Vera Ralston, with her thick euro accent SHOULD have been in this film instead of Yvonne, but wasn't.....


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