• Released
  • November 2, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • Documentary
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Wagner & Me Synopsis
Actor-writer Stephen Fry explores his passion for controversial composer Richard Wagner's music.
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NPR

Somehow, without soft-pedaling the nastier angles of Wagner's life and legacy, Wagner & Me lands on the side of joy and defiance - broadly...
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75

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
In addition to the magnificent music, the movie takes its rumpled charm from Fry's unfeigned fanboy manner.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Joseph Jon Lanthier
Even when Wagner & Me seems uneven as an art historical study, it's fairly successful as a travelogue.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Patrick McGrady's documentary strains to reconcile its conflicting moods, but Fry's gushing enthusiasm for the subject is ultimately if...
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60

Village Voice

Most of the time, though, Fry is an unabashed appreciator. He paws at costumes, thrills to touch Wagner's own piano, and looks right at the...
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60

The New York Times

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In the documentary Wagner & Me, the actor Stephen Fry, an ardent admirer of the music of Richard Wagner, wrestles with a longstanding...
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60

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
For Fry, the music's complexity, ambiguity, innovation and humanity far surpass Wagner's personal limitations. He may not convince his...
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50

The A.V. Club

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Fry is Jewish, and his wrestling with what it means to venerate the music of someone who wrote of his revulsion for Jews adds a fascinating...
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
To truly appreciate Wagner & Me, a BBC documentary getting a spotty theatrical release in this country, you have to cherish the music of...
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40

Time Out New York

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While the documentary offers some insights into the pervertion of art for ideological purposes, too much of it simply finds Fry standing in...
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