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The bearable lightness of being Nike Wagner

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She arrives just a little bit later than expected. But then she has been meeting with none other than Zubin Mehta! Our initial encounter is very warm. She offers me a hand and, while I’m thinking that I like this lady, I’m also registering just how small her hand is, how thin her bones, and how frail and delicate she seems. It’s certainly a light frame, I reflect, to shoulder the heavyweight history of her family and the role it has for the better part of two centuries played here in Germany. She is Nike Wagner, the great granddaughter of Richard Wagner, who was of course one of the greatest and most controversial composers of all time. And: she is my latest guest on Talking Germany.

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August 15, 2014

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Nike Wagner’s Movie Pick

“Gone with the Wind!” Says Nike Wagner – no hesitation. But then: “Or Pasolini – anything by Pasolini. Especially, of course, Teorema!” Then: “No! Inglourious Basterds.” Quentin Tarantino’s alternate take on WWII. She makes a noise like grrrrhhh. It’s quite vicious. “Unbelievable, incredible film. That’s how to rewrite history!”


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