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Wagner: The Ring - 1876
Wagner's operatic cycle The Ring functions metaphorically as a caustic critique of 19th-century European society. Learn about Wagner's embrace of anti-capitalist rhetoric in 1848 and 1849, a time when revolutions broke out across Europe, and his writing of revolutionary articles and manifestos. Grasp how the Ring's human and godlike characters…
Wagner's Jews
Richard Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, and his writings on the Jews were later embraced by Hitler and the Nazis. But many of Wagner's closest associates were Jews-- young musicians who became personally devoted to him, and provided crucial help to his career. Even as Wagner called for the elimination of…
Parsifal - Search for the Grail
Wagner's Parsifal is the most famous work to celebrate the search for the Holy Grail, an enduringly powerful symbol in Western culture. Focusing on a performance of the opera with Placido Domingo in the title role, Tony Palmer's film explores the philosophical questions concerning faith and hope posed by this…
Exit: Music - How Music Was Controlled by the Third Reich
Before the arrival of Adolf Hitler in 1933, Germany was the center of the musical world. Within five years, thousands of musicians had fled the country as the Nazi regime tightened its race laws and attempted to fashion its own cultural image. EXIT: MUSIC examines how anti-Semitism manifested itself in…
Wagner and Twain—King Arthur in the Late 1800s
In his two overtly Arthurian operas, observe how Richard Wagner adapted and modified the Arthurian legend to dramatize social and religious ideals, linking these ideals with Germany itself. On our own shores, grasp how Mark Twain satirized the saga in Connecticut Yankee, critiquing both European aristocracy and American society.
ARTS in EXILE - Kunst im Exil
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Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill
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In 2009, actor Stephen Fry visited a number of fishing communities in the southern states of the USA, the very communities that were hit by the BP oil spill some months later. Now in Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill, a warm and personal film, along with his…
Maxence Van Der Bauwede & Florian Wagner
Part of the Series: Masters of Jewellery Collection
MAXENCE VAN DER BAUWEDE Geneva FLORIAN WAGNER Vienna Already as a boy, did Berlin-born Florian Wagner became acquainted with the world of colours and art through his father, owner of the famous "Studio for Mosaic and Glass-art August Wagner". Later, his mother Prof. Jucunda Wagner indroduces him to the craft…
Fuhrer Cult and Megalomania
"Even the pyramids," Hitler told his protege, architect Albert Speer, "will be dwarfed by the stone and concrete masses I plan to erect." By early in the twentieth century Nuremberg was regarded as the most anti-Semitic city in Europe. By 1929 Hitler had decided to make Nuremberg the "City of…
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Part of the Series: The Jewish Americans
As Jewish Americans tried to enter the mainstream of American life, they were frustrated by anti-Semitism even as they developed their own resources, often succeeding in businesses on the margins of American life. Irving Berlin, an immigrant from Russia, began writing tunes just as Tin Pan Alley was taking off,…
The Path to Nuclear Fission - The Story of Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn
The story of two close friends who discovered nuclear fission is told in great detail within the context of both World Wars. This video is as much about role of scientists in political events, social responsibility, and discrimination against women and Jews, as it is about the science, though the…
Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin - A Look into Contemporary Russian Literature
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Who is the new Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, or Gogol waiting to be discovered by the English-speaking world? Hosted by actor, author, and activist Stephen Fry, RUSSIA'S OPEN BOOK: WRITING IN THE AGE OF PUTIN focuses on six authors whose vibrant, idiosyncratic work continues to gain traction with a global audience: Dmitry…