Magic Fire

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Released 1955

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Magic Fire

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Director:
William Dieterle
Released:
1955
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Magic Fire is a 1955 biopic about the life of German composer, conductor, and theater director Richard Wagner (Alan Badel). Beginning with his rebellious youth, Wagner forms instrumental relationships with, to name a few: several wives, Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (Carlos Thompson), and even King Ludwig II (Gerhard Riedmann). Throughout his lifetime, he rejects the temptation of a quiet existence and perseveres to become a voice of a revolutionary age. Although the film is generally considered historically accurate, some elements are overstated or understated for dramatic effect. Directed by William Dieterle, Magic Fire presents a rare artistic opportunity for Republic Pictures; the independent film company from 1934 to 1959 is best known for making B Westerns. The film is an ambitious production in every respect, sporting a large cast, lavish costumes, on-location sets in palatial quarters, staged operas, and much more. Appropriately, Dieterle utilizes Wagner's music, arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, extensively throughout the piece.

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Drama

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Love & Romance, Biography, 50s, Classics