Wagner & Me
Wagner & Me (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: December 7, 2012
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Andy Webster
New York Times

The director, Patrick McGrady, gracefully alternates interviews and biographical passages with stirring lyrical musical sequences.

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Maryann Koopman Kelly
Paste Magazine

Through the infectious enthusiasm of host Stephen Fry [the film] might even light the flame for others unfamiliar with Wagner.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Ronnie Scheib

Even those impervious to Wagner's music will find it difficult to resist Fry's charm.

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Kent Turner

The composer has no better advocate than Fry.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

In addition to the magnificent music, the movie takes its rumpled charm from Fry's unfeigned fanboy manner.

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Stephanie Zacharek

An exuberant and deeply personal documentary about the allure and the legacy of the German composer's work.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Highly entertaining and informative exploration of the great, if undeniably difficult, composer Richard Wagner.

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