Wagner's Dream
Wagner's Dream (2012)

The stakes could not be higher as one of the theater's finest stage directors teams up with one of the world's leading opera companies to tackle opera's most monumental challenge: a new production of Wagner's Ring cycle-the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 19, 2012
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

You don't need to be a fan of Wagner, or even opera, to find this a fascinating glimpse of a dauntingly complex human endeavor.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The finished "Ring" cycle, a combination of "myth, science and legend" made to order as Wagner imagined it, was unique to every viewer's eye. The making of it will be spellbinding to everyone.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Marvelously candid documentary depicting the creation of a massive, seemingly foolhardy pipe dream of a production. One of a handful of truly fine movies about opera.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

The result is an engrossing chronicle of creative people under pressure, a movie about the madness of opera for which no knowledge of opera is required for full enjoyment.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

A rousing portrait of creative renewal.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

The title of Susan Froemke's documentary is both an expression of aspiration and a statement of achievement.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

It's a bit startling that director Susan Fröemke would choose to make a documentary about the set.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

[A] 16-hour, four-opera masterwork about the creation and destruction of the world, a work that Wagner considered unstageable in his time.

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Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Richard Wagner would be overjoyed to see a production of his Ring cycle staged in a manner that was impossible in the 19th Century.

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