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"Wagner's Jews" presented by 1st Friday Film Series

Friday Mar 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Film strip

Monthly series: 1st Friday of every month.

Free and open to public.

March film: Wagner's Jews (2012), with special appearance by filmmaker Hilan Warshaw.

A fascinating, highly acclaimed documentary about the notoriously anti-Semitic German composer Richard Wagner. Strangely, many of Wagner's closest associates were Jews-young musicians who became personally devoted to him, and provided crucial help to his work and career. Who were they? What brought them to Wagner, and what brought him to them?

Wagner's Jews is the first film to focus on Wagner's complex personal relationships with Jews. Filmed on location in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, the film tells these remarkable stories through archival sources, visual re-enactments, interviews, and performances of original musical works by Wagner's Jewish colleagues- the first such performances on film. Director Warshaw, a successful violinist and conductor, will be on hand to answer questions about his highly acclaimed documentary.

First Friday Film Series: On the 1st Friday of every month, series producer Marc Farre shows a free film at the Piermont Library–sometimes featuring a special guest–and hosts a short discussion afterward.

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