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GLOBAL WAGNER - From Bayreuth to the World

OT: Wagner Bayreuth und der Rest der Welt

Axel Brüggemann // Germany, 2021
Documentary Feature // FF2021
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DOCUMENTARY Wagner is more than music. He is a myth, a question of faith, a political issue. The film travels the world of Wagner afficionados and allows exclusive insights into the holiest of holies: the Bayreuth Festival Theatre. How did Bayreuth manage to remain »the Germans’ living room« under King Ludwig, the Nazi dictatorship and in the post-war democracy – despite the hardness of the seats? Director Axel Brüggemann pursues the phenomenon Richard Wagner. At the side of the great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner, he delves into the creation of a current production and joins conductor Christian Thielemann in the mystic Bayreuth orchestra pit. A tongue-in-cheek trip through a »Gesamtkunstwerk« that knows only either allies or enemies.



Kindly supported by YAMAHA PIANOWORLD


AXEL BRÜGGEMANN (*1971) is a music journalist and presenter and has made numerous cultural TV documentaries. Global Wagner – from Bayreuth to the World is his first cinema film.



Wagner Bayreuth und der Rest der Welt

Documentary Feature

German, English




97 min

OV with German subtitles

Axel Brüggemann

Axel Brüggemann

Katharina Wagner, Christian Thielemann, Alex Ross, Valery Gergiev, Placido Domingo, Piotr Beczala, Barrie Kosky, Anja Harteros u.v.m.

Moritz Bundschuh, Jörg Bundschuh

Roland Wagner, Ralf Richter

Sebastian Wagner, Frederic T. Kuntz

Moritz Henne

Richard Wagner

Matthias Leybrand (BR), Carlos Gerstenhauer (BR), Matthias Morgenthaler (MDR)

Filmwelt Verleihagentur GmbH

Naxos Music Group

Kick Film GmbH


Naxos Music Group

Marc Klocker, Filmwelt Verleihagentur GmbH: m.klocker@fwem.de



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