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The Wagner Files Documentary: Now available In English

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday 9 November 2013 | 5:19:00 pm

A few weeks ago we reviewed "The Wagner Files", a German produced Ipad/Iphone app that had just been translated into English. At the time this was part of a "cross-media" project that also included a print graphic novel and a 96 minute docudrama of the same name. That docudrama has now been translated into English - details below. Available internationally on Itunes to rent or buy. A review will follow shortly.

The Wagner Files (Winner: Best Documentary" at Montreal World Film Festival)
A film by Ralf Pleger

Starring Samuel Finzi and Pegah Ferydoni

In co-production with SWR/arte
Part of the TV-series "The Culture Files", a format by Christian Beetz
Format development by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Production funded by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and MEDIA

“The Wagner Files” is an innovative and dynamic fusion of music documentary, fictional film and animated cartoon. It critically introduces the life and musical creativity of one of the most famous – and arguably most controversial – German composers in a way that has never been done before. High quality, thought-provoking fictional scenes trace the complex and scandalous relationship between Richard Wagner (Samuel Finzi) and his second wife Cosima (Pegah Ferydoni). The scenes are shot in a modern setting, orchestrated with, and impassioned by, Wagner’s music, referring to classical Hollywood melodramas as direct successors of Wagner’s “Gesamtkunstwerk”.

Marking the anniversary of Wagner’s 200th birthday in 2013, the film explores the visionary opus and arguable spirit of Richard Wagner, rediscovering the composer anew for a wide and varied audience.