Co-sponsored by Barnard's English Department and the Wagner Society of New York.
The German opera composer Richard Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, and his writings on the Jews were later embraced by Hitler and the Nazis. But there is another, lesser-known side to this story. Wagner's Jews, Hilan Warshaw's documentary, examines the anti-Semitism of German composer Richard Wagner through the stories of Wagner's complex personal relationships with his Jewish colleagues and assistants. Alongside this historical drama, the film also explores the ongoing debate over performing Wagner's music in Israel.
The film was co-produced with European TV networks ARTE and WDR and broadcast in 2013 to mark the bicentenary of Wagner's birth. This special, one-hour screening will be followed by a provocative panel discussion, including the filmmaker and chaired by Prof. Lydia Goehr.
Reservations are required and can be made through the link below. A donation is needed of $15 for members of the Wagner Society of New York, aand $20 for non-members.
Hilan Warshaw is a well-known film maker and writer on film and the arts. He has also been a speaker at WSNY seminars and other Wagner societies in the U.S.
Lydia Goehr, Panel Chair, is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Columbia University and author of books and articles on music and philosophical topics.
For more information about the film, please visit http://www.overtonefilms.com/wagners.html.
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