Filmed in Germany, the multi-reel biopic The Life of Richard Wagner was distributed in the U.S. by Broadway theatrical impresario A.H. Woods. Opening on a marble bust of the famed composer, the film then depicts in "tableau" fashion the various demons plaguing the trouble Wagner, from an unhappy marriage to on-and-off dire poverty. After escaping his creditors, Wagner briefly forsakes music in favor of radical politics, but returns to his true calling with such imperishable operatic classics as +The Flying Dutchman and +Tannhauser. The film ends on the customary note of triumph when Wagner is "adopted" by the royal Bavarian court. The whole story was squeezed into four reels, or approximately 60 minutes.
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