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Mahler (1974)

Composer Gustav Mahler's life, told in a series of flashbacks as he and his wife discuss their failing marriage during a train journey.

Director:

Ken Russell

Writer:

Ken Russell
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Powell ... Gustav Mahler
Georgina Hale ... Alma Mahler
Lee Montague ... Bernhard Mahler
Miriam Karlin ... Aunt Rosa
Rosalie Crutchley ... Marie Mahler
Gary Rich Gary Rich ... Young Mahler
Richard Morant ... Max
Angela Down Angela Down ... Justine Mahler
Antonia Ellis ... Cosima Wagner
Ronald Pickup ... Nick
Peter Eyre ... Otto Mahler
Dana Gillespie ... Anna von Mildenburg
George Coulouris ... Doctor Roth
David Collings ... Hugo Wolfe
Arnold Yarrow Arnold Yarrow ... Grandfather
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Storyline

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 Here, historical content matters not so much as metaphors, feelings, emotions, and interpretations, and pay close attention, as every word and frame is intended to be important.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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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

When Mahler says, "Heaven lies all around us in our infancy," he is imperfectly quoting William Wordsworth, about whom Ken Russell made Clouds of Glory (1978) a few years later. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gustav Mahler: You have wasted precisely two minutes of my time, Mr Krenek. Why don't you do what I do when I'm teaching the New York Philharmonic to play in time: beat it!
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Connections

Spoofs Death in Venice (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Frere Jacques
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Played on the accordion by Old Nick (Ronald Pickup)]
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Boy oh Boy oh Boy
9 July 2003 | by jbelsSee all my reviews

This movie, while beautifully shot, grows completely out of control as is moves along. The once over of Gustav Mahler by Ken Russell falls into the trap that all the other Russell films do--over excess. The shot of Mahler biting into a pig snout is one of the most disgusting and offensive images I have ever seen.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Малер See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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