Stephen Fry (on poster, foreground) is a delightful humorist, satirist and general wit; a gifted performer (Wilde, Bright Young Things -- which he also adapted and directed -- and V for Vendetta), writer, director and manic depressive. He is also, as we quickly learn from the new documentary WAGNER & ME, a Jew and an enormous fan of Richard Wagner -- two things that are not always found in the same room. Adolf Hitler was also a big fan of the anti-semitic composer, and his "take" on Wagner's work smacks of the "master race" hoped for and then fought for by the Nazis in World War II. The documentary is Fry's attempt, abetted by the film's director, Patrick McGrady (shown below), to assuage what TrustMovies perceives to be Fry's guilt about this perhaps somewhat unusual pairing.
Wagner & Me opens -- after playing in Chicago last week -- this Friday, December 7, in New York City at the Quad Cinema and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. In the weeks to come it will play in another half dozen cities. You can click here to see all currently scheduled playdates, with cities and theaters. (And that's the gifted anti-semite himself, shown above.)