Film Lounge: Parsifal (1982)


Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg

A cooperation with „Wagner-Kino“ and Zeughauskino Berlin

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Syberberg's celebrated version of Parsifal was made on the one hundredth anniversary of the opera's first performance at Bayreuth in 1882 and is staged around the looming presence of a huge replica of Wagner's death mask. Armin Jordan's acclaimed interpretation of Wagner's incomparable music unfolds against a startlingly effective and constantly changing backdrop of images and tableaux vivants, while Syberberg's camera concentrates on the expressive faces of his actors, revealing staggering performances, especially from Edith Clever as Kundry, who many agree has given the definitive interpretation, hair-raising in its intensity.

Team and Credits: Director, Screenplay, Production: Hans Jürgen Syberberg, Director of Photography: Igor Luther, Set Decorator: Werner Achmann, Editor: Jutta Brandstaedter, Music: Richard Wagner, Conductor: Armin Jordan

Actors: Armin Jordan (Amfortas - vocals by Wolfgang Schöne), Martin Sperr (Titurel - vocals by Hans Tschammer), Robert Lloyd (Gurnemanz - vocals by Robert Lloyd), Michael Kutter (Parsifal 1), Karin Krick (Parsifal 2 - vocals by Rainer Goldberg), Aage Haugland (Klingsor – vocals by Aage Haugland), Edith Clever (Kundry – vocals by Yvonne Minton)