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Mahler on the Couch (2010)
"Mahler auf der Couch" (original title)

 |  Biography, Drama  |  May 2012 (USA)
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Alma Mahler's affair with the young architect Walter Gropius sets in motion a marital drama that forces her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud.


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Friedrich Mücke ...
Eva Mattes ...
Lena Stolze ...
Nina Berten ...
Matthias Franz Stein ...
Alexander von Zemlinsky (as Mathias Stein)
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Michael Dangl ...
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Alfred Roller
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Alma Mahler's affair with the young architect Walter Gropius sets in motion a marital drama that forces her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud.

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This is the second film concerning Alma Schindler and Gustav Mahler's love affair in which Johannes Silberschneider has acted in; the first was Bride of the Wind (2001), in which he portrayed Alma's music teacher and lover Alexander von Zemlinsky, who Alma would leave to marry Gustav Mahler. In this film, Silberschneider plays Mahler. See more »


Symphony 10 - First Movement
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Alma Mahler: Femme Fatale
10 February 2013 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

Gustav & Alma Mahler have been the stars of films like 'Mahler' (Ken Russel; 1974), 'Bride Of The Wind' / 'Alma' (Bruce Beresford; 2001), and of course there is Visconti's 'Morte A Venezia' (1971), where the names are changed to Gustav and Frau von Aschenbach.

All these films are totally different from one another, and now there is 'Mahler On The Couch', which continues the tradition. A unique film, a feast for the eyes and breathtaking beautiful music.

Portraying a true but neurotic genius and a femme fatale who holds her ground next to Helena of Troy, isn't easy, and probably accounts for the diversity between all these films. It must be a marvel to play these characters, and in this Mahler On The Couch all actors are very convincing. It's hard to single out anyone, but if we should, then ... Well, Barbara Romaner is amazing as Alma Mahler. That bigger than life character is surrounded by thousands of pages of biography, even more letters, and a shipload of mystification (mainly fabricated by herself, it's true). But Barbara shows the fun side and the seducing powers of the lady as well as her intelligence and passion and wish for spiritual freedom.

All in all a wonderful, glowing film, giving us Sigmund Freud as a wonderful bonus. Brilliantly acted, also ! 9 stars, and waiting for many more Alma and Gustav films, maybe even the ultimate one...

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