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Mahler (1974)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  February 1975 (USA)
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Both trifles and structure are tossed out the door by director Ken Russell in this film. Here, historical content matters not so much as metaphors, feelings, emotions, and interpretations, ... See full summary »

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Georgina Hale ...
Lee Montague ...
Miriam Karlin ...
Aunt Rosa
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Gary Rich ...
Young Gustav
Richard Morant ...
Max
Angela Down ...
Antonia Ellis ...
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Nick
Peter Eyre ...
Otto Mahler
Dana Gillespie ...
George Coulouris ...
Doctor Roth
David Collings ...
Hugo Wolf
Arnold Yarrow ...
Grandfather
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Both trifles and structure are tossed out the door by director Ken Russell in this film. Here, historical content matters not so much as metaphors, feelings, emotions, and interpretations, and pay close attention, as every word and frame is intended to be important. The film takes place on a single train ride, in which the sickly composer Gustav Mahler and his wife, Alma, confront the reasons behind their faltered marriage and dying love. Each word seems to evoke memories of past, and so the audience witnesses events of Mahler's life that explain somewhat his present state. Included are his turbulent and dysfunctional family life as a child, his discovery of solace in the "natural" world, his brother's suicide, his [unwanted] conversion from Judiasm to Catholicism, his rocky marriage and the death of their young child. The movie weaves in and out of dreams, flashbacks, thoughts and reality as Russell poetically describes the man behind the music. Written by Jonathan Dakss <dakss@columbia.edu>

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Cameo: [Oliver Reed] a train conductor blowing a whistle as Mahler's train is about to pull out of the station. See more »

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When Mahler's train leaves St. Pölten, a sign is visible identifying the town as "Saint Pölten". Yet, the German long script for the town is "Sankt Pölten". See more »

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Max: [laughs] I can't remember - what religion are you?
Gustav Mahler: I... am a composer.
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References The Music Lovers (1970) See more »

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In Stormy Weather
Sung by Carol Mudie
Performed by The National Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by John Forsyth
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Ken Russells Masterpiece and BAFTA Winner!
27 March 2000 | by (NZ) – See all my reviews

Mahler is the highlight of Ken Russells career. Renowned for his visual flair, Mahler achieves an elegant beauty and emotional depth not found in many of his feature films, while avoiding, mostly, his indulgent excesses.

By far his best composer biography (miles ahead of The Music Lovers or Lisztomania which both sink in their over the top depravity) Mahler is especially remarkable for the performance of the relatively unknown actress Georgina Hale - even though she won a BAFTA for this very role. Top marks to both director and actress.


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