Saturday, February 5, 2011

Wagner And Me

Stephen Fry talks to cellist and Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch 
Stephen Fry shares his lifelong love for Wagner in this movie, Wagner And Me. You don't have to know much about Wagner to enjoy this - Fry walks you through certain stages of Wagner's life and gives some insights into his work. Fry is adorable as an embarrassingly star-struck fan. One precious scene has Fry sitting with a pianist at Wagner's own piano and being in thrall of key passages from Tristan and Isolde being played. His childish enthusiasm is infectious! A large chunk of the film is also about Fry coming to terms with the fact that Wagner's music was sullied by Hitler who was also a big fan and who appropriated the music for his own fascist ends. 

Now playing at Academy cinemas.

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