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Tony Palmer's Film About the Wagner Family

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tony Palmer Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JUTFSK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This is a film about a family, a family which has ruled the theatre in Bayreuth in southern Germany for the last 140 years, some say still the greatest threatre in the world. There's no doubt that Richard Wagner who built it was the most influential composer in the whole of the 19th Century. But his family has survived a mixture of lies, deception, fraud and dangerous political alliances. The story of this family is a soap opera that makes Coronation Street look like Noddy-in-Toyland. It's a family - in many ways the Royal family of Germany - at war with itself.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Après Richard, le déluge June 2, 2011
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I recognize the picture - it's on the cover of 'The Wagner Clan', a fairly enjoyable, gossipy little book by Jonathan Carr. However, the Amazon listing tells us nothing about the film itself. It doesn't even tell us the length. Could this be as good as 'The Golden Ring', or just another potboiler?

I thought I'd find out.

This is a fairly enjoyable, gossipy little film.

There are a few production issues, of which more later, but they don't detract from the entertainment value of watching the latter-day Wagners sniping at each other. Gottfried was in particularly good voice: he pioneered trolling long before the concept was popularized on the net. The internecine squabbling and daggers-drawn hatred is quite amazing, particularly the venom allegedly displayed by the late Wolfgang towards his brother's family, and his children by his first marriage. Katharina somehow manages to give a bad impression, even without the help of her family. If anything, the notorious Winifred, with her friend Adolf, come across as mild by comparison.

To give a very loose translation of the title of this review 'After Richard, they were a shower' (with the possible exception of Cosima).

If you are a Wagnerite, I suspect this film will irritate and entertain. At least that's how it affected me.

Production issues?
English voice-over rather than subtitles. In a film where most interviews were in German, this became annoying.
Constant switching between aspect ratios. Archive material 4:3, modern footage 16:9. There's nothing unusual about this, but the resultant DVD track didn't standardize, so my old Wega couldn't cope.

If you have read and enjoyed 'The Wagner Clan', you'll enjoy this film.
If you're a Wagnerite, you'll enjoy the shots of Wahnfried and the Festspielhaus.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine picture of Wagner "clan" December 29, 2011
Very amusing, specialy when you already have had the good luck to visit Bayreuth and its surroundings, of course following Wagner's path
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Length August 8, 2012
I wondered about how long this was too. Googled and found it is 106 minutes. Probably worthwhile and I intend to buy it from Amazon. Required to give it a star rating to send this information to others who may be curious. I just wonder if there is still a 10 year wait for tickets to the Bayreuth Festival.
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