Rent Wagner (1983)

3.9 of 5 from 61 ratings
7h 49min
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Made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death in 1883, Wagner is the epic production of the life of one of the most extraordinary figures of the 19th Century. Richard Wagner remains an enigma. His was a rags-to-riches story with a fairytale end. He was loved yet hated, admired yet despised, a villain yet a hero who was worshipped, a man whose fame and exploits were the gossip of Europe. Above all, he as an incurable romantic whose love affair with Liszt's illegitimate daughter rivals that of Romeo & Juliet in excitement and drama. But he was also a dangerous political revolutionary whose influence penetrated the whole fabric of German society.
He was a scoundrel, joker, philosopher, orator, con-man, poet, refugee, political orator, a legend in his own lifetime and one of then greatest composers who has ever lived.
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Narrated By:
Gyula Benkö, Andrew Cruickshank, Donald Moffat
British Films, Classics, Drama, Music & Musicals
Release Date:
Run Time:
469 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
  • Wagner: The Man & His Legacy
  • Cast Biographies
  • Chronicle Continues
  • Trailers For 'Napoleon', 'Julius Caesar' & 'Luther'
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following scenes:
1. The Fatherland
2. Operatic Dreams
3. Revolution
4. The Prussians
5. A Life of Exile
6. Music, Drama
7. Bordeaux
8. Feeing To Switzerland
9. Sick With Despair
10. The Persuasion of Money
11. A Breaking Home
12. Sinking In Venice
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following scenes:
1. Political Ballet
2. The sabotage of Tannhauser
3. From Paris To St Petersburg
4. A Free Man
5. Vienna
6. A Miracle Amongst Ruins
7. Bavaria
8. Rehearsing Tristan
9. Bavaria Turns
10. In Favour and In Debt
11. Tristan Und Isolde
12. Thrown Out of Munich
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following scenes:
1. Abdications
2. Bavaria Defeated
3. Siegfried Is Born
4. Preparing Das Rhinegold
5. At War With France
6. Marriage
7. Building Dreams
8. Judgment of The Gods
9. Wahnfried
10. A Dangerous Man
11. So Called Friends
12. Wagner’s Death

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An epic Biography - Wagner review by CV

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This epic production is as lavish and expansive as Wagner's Ring itself and so appropriate for the subject of his colourful and self-obsessed life and music. There is a cluster of great English classic actors who play minor characters with masterful twitches, nods and laconic utterances. Richard Burton is well chosen for the character of Wagner and looks right: I have often wondered what the physical attraction was about Wagner looking at contemporary paintings and sketches.

I have given five stars on the strength of the final disc as I found it particularly powerful: the long speech given by Schopenhauer towards the end on the condemnation of Wagner's character and effect of his music was classic theatre and the death of Wagner, despite who he was, was quite touching. Also there were some splendid shots of the building of the Bayreuth Theatre.

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