Silent films are back in vogue for some years now - they are in absolute contrast to today's film technology, viewers can not only provide 3 dimensions, but also 4 or even 5 For many film buffs provides the silent film a welcome change, since, depending on the perspective, everyone on the important things in the movie or perhaps to focus the basics of the art of film, such as the story or even the facial expressions and gestures of the actors. The 100th birthday of Richard Wagner in 1913 was the occasion for the first biopic of a famous personality. The director Carl Froelich (1875 -1953) filmed Wagner's life and therefore its changeful and fascinating career from the age of 17 until his death in 1883 in Venice. Since 1913, the music of Wagner, for copyright reasons, could not be used, wrote the lead actor, Giuseppe Becce, a film music using a wide variety of composers, including Haydn, Mozart or Rossini. On the 200th anniversary of Wagner this biographical silent film has now been reconstructed and made available through a production of ZDF and ARTE. Bernd Schultheis taught for Giuseppe Becce movie music new one without distorting the original.
At the beginning Angela Denoke sings for the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss and "Farewell of the Year", the famous Four Last Songs.