M1500 .W13 R6 2005 v.1 DVD
Opera. Composer and libretto by Richard Wagner.
In Patrice Chéreau's illuminating, violent Bayreauth production of Das Rheingold, Wotan wears the brocade coat of feudal times while the Rhine seems to be a reservoir with a modern-day power station. Yet, as Chéreau says, it "could also be many other things ... perhaps a mythological presence, the mythology of our time ... The gods' ascent to Valhalla [is] a defiant flight into the future." "Chéreau's vision, which has been adapted with remarkable skill by television director Brian Large, is a theatrical triumph" (Newsweek).
Sung in German, with optional subtitles in German, English, French, Spanish, and Chinese.
Distributed by Universal Classics (www.universalclassics.com).