Wagner & Me
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Stephen Fry's quest begins in southern Germany where he is granted unique access to Bayreuth's legendary annual Wagner festival. In Switzerland he discovers the origins of Wagner's masterpiece The Ring. In Bavaria he marvels at the fairytale castle inspired by Wagner's music, and in St Petersburg learns why Wagner fascinated Russian audiences. But Fry also confronts the composer's dark side. In Nuremberg he investigates how Hitler appropriated Wagner's music, and in London meets a cellist who played in the prisoners' orchestra at Auschwitz - where some of Fry's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ultimately, the music that Fry first heard as a child "on my father's gramophone" comes first for him, and much of the pleasure of "Wagner & Me" is that Fry lets us see how art transforms him."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The director, Patrick McGrady, gracefully alternates interviews and biographical passages with stirring lyrical musical sequences."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Through the infectious enthusiasm of host Stephen Fry [the film] might even light the flame for others unfamiliar with Wagner."
‑ Maryann Koopman Kelly, Paste Magazine
"Even when Wagner & Me seems uneven as an art historical study, it's fairly successful as a travelogue."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"The passion that Fry and company feel for Wagner's work keeps them from the measured appraisal this film needs. They hear him, but they don't see him."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Even those impervious to Wagner's music will find it difficult to resist Fry's charm."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"The composer has no better advocate than Fry."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"The conundrum of a love of music tainted with Nazism."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"In addition to the magnificent music, the movie takes its rumpled charm from Fry's unfeigned fanboy manner."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"An exuberant and deeply personal documentary about the allure and the legacy of the German composer's work."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, NPR
"Highly entertaining and informative exploration of the great, if undeniably difficult, composer Richard Wagner."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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