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 Richard Wagner 10 episodes, 1981-1983
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 Cosima von Bulow 9 episodes, 1981-1983
László Gálffi ...
 King Ludwig II of Bavaria / ... 9 episodes, 1981-1983
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 Pfistermeister 9 episodes, 1981-1983
Miguel Herz-Kestranek ...
 Hans von Bülow 8 episodes, 1981-1983
Gyula Benkö ...
Gemma Craven ...
 Minna / ... 7 episodes, 1981-1983
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 Pfordten 6 episodes, 1983
Richard Pasco ...
 Otto Wesendonck 5 episodes, 1981-1983
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 Pfeuffer 5 episodes, 1983
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 Nietzsche / ... 5 episodes, 1983
Andrew Cruickshank ...
 Narrator / ... 5 episodes, 1981-1983
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A huge panorama of Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 Revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria to the final triumph at Bayreuth. Wagner's radical musical and political ideas, his German nationalism and even his anti-Semitism are set in the context of his life and times. Written by Adrian Thorpe <acthorpe@epic.net>

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Filmed in more than 200 separate locations; over seven months and in six countries. See more »

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When Wagner speaks at the political meeting, the vertical German flags in the background have the wrong sequence of black-gold-red, while the ones draping the podium are the correct black-red-gold ones. (The flags are the 1832 Hambach Festival flag - the modern German flag dating from 1848 was developed from the Hambach colours) See more »

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Extraordinary Effort
28 May 2005 | by (san diego) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching the Kultur 4 DVD set of this epic bio-pic, taken at a leisurely pace over five daily installments.

Tony Palmer directs a dream cast, headed by an inimitable Richard Burton as Richard Wagner.

Vittorio Storaro's sensitive cinematography on stunning European locations put this viewer immediately in that era. Too bad this transfer didn't get a digital remastering.

Sets & costumes are convincingly authentic.

Graham Bunn's exemplary editing spins an involving web of interest and keeps pace, seldom failing.

All in all, a compelling work of an expansive, complex musical genius.


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