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Thursday, 17 January 2013

WAGNER: On the trail of the lonesome Rhine

A.C.H.Smith’s novelisation of Charles Wood’s screenplay for Wagner is available from Falling Wall Press, 225 (Top Floor) Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8NR, UK. Price £10, plus p & p:  UK £1.50, Europe £4, elsewhere £7.

Wagner is a novelisation of Charles Wood's screenplay, written in the early 1980s. Directed by Tony Palmer, the film starred Richard Burton, in his last major role, and Vanessa Redgrave, and uniquely brought together the three knights, Olivier, Gielgud, and Richardson. Richard Hornak, in Opera News, found it to be one of the most beautiful motion pictures in history. It was produced with a running time of seven hours and 46 minutes. When the full-length version was shown at the National Film Theatre, the following exchange was overheard between two people coming out at the end. Well, what do you suppose Wagner would have thought of that? He would have thought it wasn’t long enough.

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