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Wagner & Me

Thursday, February 20
Presented by Lutz Koepnick, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German and Film Studies
UK, Switzerland, Russia, Germany (2010) Dir. Patrick McGrady. British performer Stephen Fry is a lifelong admirer of the music of Richard Wagner. He is also Jewish. Fry examines his fascination with Wagner, and confronts Wagner’s troubled legacy, whose music may be thought of as the unofficial soundtrack to the Nazi’s Holocaust atrocities, and who wrote invective propaganda against Jewish contemporaries such as Mendelssohn. Can the music that Fry loves be disentangled from its poisonous links with Hitler? English. 89 mins. DVD. Underwritten by the German Graduate Students Association.