Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Palmer is one of the era’s best art-documentary makers; The Wagner Family is a superb film." -- Andrew Billen THE TIMES
"An extraordinary achievement. A superb piece of work." -- Barry Millington EVENING STANDARD
"A storming curtain-raiser. Palmer casts narrative convention to the wind, instead immersing us immediately in the bewildering genealogy of the Wagners. It’s an astonishing tale which Palmer’s tells with all his usual brilliance." -- Gabriel Tate TIME OUT
"The half-sisters Katharina Wagner, 30, and Eva Wagner-Pasquier, 34 years her senior. are the unlikely duo (that) will inaugurate a new era (in Bayreuth). But neither should be resting comfortably after
they have seen the provocative first episode in the final season of The South Bank Show. In Tony Palmer’s ferocious and coruscating documentary, The Wagner Family, dark revelations are piled on from the first minute to the last." -- Neil Fisher THE TIMES
This is a film about a family, a family which has ruled the theatre in Bayreuth in southern Germany for the last 140 years, some say still the greatest threatre in the world. There’s no doubt that Richard Wagner who built it was the most influential composer in the whole of the 19th Century. But his family has survived a mixture of lies, deception, fraud and dangerous political alliances. The story of this family is a soap opera that makes Coronation Street look like Noddy-in-Toyland. It’s a family – in many ways the Royal family of Germany – at war with itself.
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