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Parsifal (1982 film)

Film poster
Directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
Produced by Annie Nap-Oleon
Written by Richard Wagner
Starring Armin Jordan
Cinematography Igor Luther
Edited by Jutta Brandstaedter
Marianne Fehrenberg
Release dates
  • May 1982 (1982-05)
Running time 255 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

Parsifal is a 1982 West German-French musical film directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, based on the opera of the same name by Richard Wagner. It was shown out of competition at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

The soundtrack is a complete performance of the opera; however the imagery used is a sometimes baffling melange including medieval costume, puppetry, Nazi relics and a giant death mask of Richard Wagner. The Grail itself is represented by Wagner's Bayreuth Theatre and Parsifal's key transformation is portrayed with a change of actor to an androgynous but deliberately female suggesting form in order to achieve a union of male and female at the conclusion of Act II.


  • Cast 1
  • Background art 2
  • References 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


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  1. ^ "Parsifal". (in German). Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Parsifal". Retrieved 2009-06-13. 


  • Hans Jürgen Syberberg and His Film of Wagner's Parsifal, by Solveig Olsen, University Press of America, 2006. ISBN 0-7618-3376-5

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