Story dwarfed by commercial imperatives in first of Tolkein trilogy
First, let’s acknowledge—shall we?—that despite the level of craft and application on display, and notwithstanding the fact that it will soon occupy every cinema from here to the outer suburbs of Ulan Bator, this is in fact less a movie than a...
The conundrum of a love of music tainted with Nazism.
Stephen Fry has been in love with the music of Richard Wagner since he was 11 years old, which would be a case of 'so what?" if the German composer hadn’t been an avowed anti-Semite and thus an affront to Fry’s own Jewish faith.Wagner & Me...
An honest appraisal of the controversial composer.
Most people’s introduction to the music of Richard Wagner probably came via Bugs Bunny’s co-option of The Ride of the Valkyries ('kill the wabb-it"¦"). A few years later the helicopter attack in Apocalypse Now erased those rabbit associations...