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Confessions of Winifred Wagner, The

Synopsis
Winifred Wagner was born in Hastings, England. Orphaned, she was adopted by Karl Klindworth, a friend of Richard Wagner. In 1914 she was taken to Bayreuth; one year later she married Richard Wagner’s son, Siegfried. After Siegfried’s death in 1930, Winifred took over the running of the Bayreuth Festival. After the Second World War she was compelled to renounce her directorship of the Festival. Ten years later she returned to Bayreuth and is now engaged in reconstructing the Wagner House, Wahnfried, as a Wagner museum. After thirty years of silence, at the age of 78, she gives an account of a twenty-two year relationship with Adolph Hitler, whose obsession with Wagner and the Bayreuth Festival found expression in National Socialism. Her autobiographical recollections cover a sixty-year period (1914-1974) of German-European culture and the period of the decline of the German bourgeoisie.*
Language
English
Country
Germany
Medium
Film; Film. 16mm. sd. b&w. 104 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1976
Availability
Hire
Notes
This is an abridged version of the original five-hour film.
Subjects
Music
Keywords
biographies; Germany; music festivals; Wagner, Winifred

Credits

Director
Hans Jürgen Syberberg
Contributor
Agape Dorstewitz; Dietrich Lohmann

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Distributor

Name

Contemporary Films

Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 7950
Address
British Film Institute
21 Stephen Street
London W1P 2LN
Notes
Administrative address: Unit H Spectrum House, Gordon House Road, London NW5 1LP, tel: 020 7482 6204, fax: 020 7284 2809, email: inquiries@contemporaryfilms.com, http://www.comtemporaryfilms.com

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