The Confessions of Winifred Wagner (1977) By Hans Jurgen Syberberg

Thursday, March 17, 1988, 8:00 pm

The Confessions Of Winifred Wagner

By Hans Jurgen Syberberg


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

1975, 104 minutes. After thirty years of silence, the 78-year-old Winifred Wagner gave an eyewitness account of her 22-year relationship with Adolf Hitler, whose obsession with Wagner and the Bayreuth Festival (which Winifred supervised through its most resplendent period) found expression in the ritualistic cult of National Socialism. Syberberg’s (Our Hitler, Parsifal, etc.) film goes much further than this. Culled from an original five-hour interview, Winifred Wagner’s recollections cover a sixty-year period (1914-74) of German-European culture, offering a direct glimpse into the values and details of German Bourgeoisie life.