Mahler (1974) A Ken Russell Film

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This film explores Mahler's music and its relationship to his life.  The film begins on a train journey with Gustav Mahler (Robert Powell) and his wife Alma (Georgina Hale) confronting their failing marriage. The story is then recounted in a series of flashbacks (some of which are surrealistic and nightmarish), taking one through Mahler's childhood, his brother's suicide, his experience with antisemitism, his conversion from Judaism to Catholicism, his marital problems, and the death of his young daughter. The film also contains a surreal fantasy sequence involving the anti-Semitic Cosima Wagner (Antonia Ellis), widow of Richard Wagner.

Starring:  Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Antonia Ellis

Viewer Quote:  "This movie is a masterpiece of sight and sound!  I found the film to be simply mesmerizing. Rather than trying to be some sort of historical document on the life of Mahler, the film gives visual interpretation to Mahler's work, and does so beautifully."

This DVD is encoded NTSC Region ALL (playable worldwide).

1h 55m

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