A huge panorama of Richard 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 ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Richard Burton ...  Richard Wagner 10 episodes, 1981-1984
Vanessa Redgrave ...  Cosima von Bulow 9 episodes, 1981-1984
László Gálffi ...  King Ludwig II of Bavaria / ... 9 episodes, 1981-1984
John Gielgud ...  Pfistermeister 9 episodes, 1981-1984
Miguel Herz-Kestranek Miguel Herz-Kestranek ...  Hans von Bülow 8 episodes, 1981-1984
Gyula Benkö ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 1981-1984
Gemma Craven ...  Minna / ... 7 episodes, 1981-1984
Ralph Richardson ...  Pfordten 6 episodes, 1983-1984
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ...  Otto Wesendonck 5 episodes, 1981-1983
Laurence Olivier ...  Pfeuffer 5 episodes, 1983-1984
Ronald Pickup ...  Nietzsche / ... 5 episodes, 1983-1984
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ...  Narrator / ... 5 episodes, 1981-1983
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A huge panorama of Richard 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. Richard 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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English

Release Date:

December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wagner - Das Leben und Werk Richard Wagners See more »

Filming Locations:

Lucerne, Switzerland See more »

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Runtime:

(restored integral)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Burton's unmistakably stiff-necked movements (particularly conspicuous when he plays Richard Wagner as a young man) are the result of him wearing a neck brace during filming after a spine operation. See more »

Goofs

When Ludwig is wading into the water to drown himself, automobiles are seen driving on a highway on the far shore. See more »

Alternate Versions

A feature-length 466-minute director's cut was released on DVD in 2011. See more »

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Long, but not boring
12 April 2000 | by DeeDee-10See all my reviews

With a stupendous cast headed by Richard Burton, this film takes on the life of Wagner and seems to raise the same complaints his audience had regarding his operas: long bacchanals of passion and excess. Art imitates life? You bet! Burton's monologues are brilliant as usual (I'm a long-time Burton fan) full of emotion and brilliantly performed. As to why everyone including royalty continued to support and love his music, chosing to ignore for the most part his despicible life in which he treated everyone shabbily including his wife, lovers, patrons, etc. . . .is it any different today? Don't we love our music/film icons ignoring their dark side? This film also made me want to rush to history books to read more about the era, especially about the young king of Bavaria. Take two nights to watch the video.


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