Portland Museum of Art presents film, “Wagner and Me”

Posted Jan. 07, 2013, at 2:23 p.m.

Wednesday, January 9 to Friday, January 11, 2013; 6:30 p.m.

Location: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine

Contact: ; 207-775-6148


PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Museum of Art will show the film “Wagner and Me” January 11 through Jan 13. Screenings will be on Friday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, January 12 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, January 13 at 2 p.m. For ticket prices and more information about PMA movies, go to web link above.

Actor and writer Stephen Fry explores his passion for the world’s most controversial composer – Richard Wagner. But Stephen is Jewish and lost family members in the Holocaust, so can he salvage the music he loves from its dark association with anti-semitism and the Nazis? Shot on location in Germany, Switzerland, and Russia, the film includes unique behind-the-scenes access to the Bayreuth Festival, the annual extravaganza of Wagner’s music held in the composer’s own purpose built theatre. Animated by Stephen Fry’s trademark wit and intelligence, and featuring a soundtrack of Wagner’s extraordinary music, this is a fantastic introduction to the life and legacy of one of the most important composers ever, and a must-see film for those who already know and love his music. Not rated.