- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 4, 2007

Ennio Morricone may be the most buzzworthy film composer of the moment, thanks to his recent lifetime achievement Oscar. But starting tonight, the Goethe-Institut Washington (812 Seventh St. NW) will highlight another figure who has dramatically influenced countless film scores: Richard Wagner. By integrating leitmotif and the concept of “music drama” into his operatic compositions, Wagner inspired a century of film- and music-makers to come, with parts of his work landing in more than 400 popular movies. At 6:30 p.m., the Goethe-Institut initiates its “Wagner in Hollywood” series with screenings of Chuck Jones’ “What’s Opera, Doc?” a seven-minute animated parody of Wagner’s operas, and Josef von Sternberg’s “The Scarlett Empress,” starring Marlene Dietrich as Catherine the Great. Purchase tickets ($4 to $6) on-site or through www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/enindex.htm. Call 202/289-1200 for more details.

Jenny Mayo

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