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Bride of the Wind (2001)

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This movie is a biopic of Alma Mahler, the wife of composer Gustav Mahler (as well as Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel), and the mistress of Oskar Kokoschka.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregor Seberg ...
Dagmar Schwarz ...
Wolfgang Hübsch ...
August Schmölzer ...
Marion Rottenhofer ...
Sophie Schweighofer ...
Daniela Dadieu ...
Brigitte Antonius ...
Frau Kokoschka
Johanna Mertinz ...
Frau Gropius
Erwin Ebenbauer ...
Dr. Alfred Loos


Vienna, 1902: Alma Schindler meets Gustav Mahler. She beautiful, young, plays, and composes: music is her life. She becomes Mahler's lover, then he marries her, asking that she give up composing. She has two children, works as his assistant, does his books, saves him from debt, and feels stifled. In 1910, after the death of a child, she retreats to a spa where she falls in love with Walter Gropius. Will she go with him or stay with Mahler? She conducts an affair with the tempestuous Oskar Kokoschka and is stifled in another way. Then, she marries Gropius, who proves imperious. She leaves him for Franz Werfel: he finds her compositions and insists the public hear them. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

4 January 2002 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Die Windsbraut  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,208 (USA) (8 June 2001)


$419,414 (USA) (9 November 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Rückert-Lieder: No. 5, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Composed by Gustav Mahler
Lyrics by Friedrich Rückert
Performed by Renée Fleming soprano, Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano
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A waste of a fascinating subject
30 September 2007 | by (Belleville, NJ) – See all my reviews

You'd never know from this stifling, woodenly acted, tritely written biopic what an electrifying and singular woman Alma Schindler, by all accounts, really was. As portrayed by Sara Wynter, she's got the allure of a dishrag and may as well have "Serial Victim" stamped across her forehead, her complex life story reduced to a series of oversimplified episodes (Girl Meets Artist, Artist Falls for Girl, Artist Turns Out to Be a Self-Absorbed Jerk, and Girl Meets Another Artist). Not only do you get no sense of what a great composer, architect, sculptor and writer ever saw in her, you don't get much of a sense of what she could have possibly seen in any of them. The movie makes the 22-year-old Alma look either cynically opportunistic or oblivious to find anything attractive about this movie's smug, devitalized old-fogy Gustav Mahler (who could never have written the amazing symphonies the real Mahler composed). Walter Gropius, et al. don't fare much better. Something that looks as though it was made for--and rejected by-- Lifetime Network, despite pretty cinematography, sets and costumes. As a then- member of the Gustav Mahler Society of New York, I attended a free pre-release screening in spring 2001--and still wanted my money back!

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