Wagner & Me

Stephen Fry, center, in Wagner and Me

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Posted: Tue Dec 4 2012

Some great art was created by morally questionable people, and some timeless works were put to highly dubious uses. How to separate the two? Such is the problem that director Patrick McGrady tackles with the help of his onscreen tour guide, Stephen Fry. For the Jewish, Wagner-loving actor, squaring the Nazi poster boy with his wondrous music has been a lifelong challenge—one he confronts by traveling to the Wagnerian mecca of Bayreuth, Germany, and talking with classic-music experts and Holocaust survivors. But while the doc offers some insights into the pervertion of art for ideological purposes, too much of it simply finds Fry standing in dumbfounded awe of the holy sites that populate his journey.

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