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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.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writer:

Marilyn Levy

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Wynter ... Alma Mahler
Jonathan Pryce ... Gustav Mahler
Vincent Perez ... Oskar Kokoschka
Simon Verhoeven ... Walter Gropius
Gregor Seberg Gregor Seberg ... Franz Werfel
Dagmar Schwarz Dagmar Schwarz ... Anna Sofie Schindler-Moll
Wolfgang Hübsch Wolfgang Hübsch ... Carl Moll
August Schmölzer August Schmölzer ... Gustav Klimt
Marion Rottenhofer Marion Rottenhofer ... Berta Zuckerkandl
Sophie Schweighofer Sophie Schweighofer ... Anna Mahler (Age 6)
Johannes Silberschneider ... Alexander von Zemlinsky
Daniela Dadieu Daniela Dadieu ... Justine Mahler-Rosé
Brigitte Antonius Brigitte Antonius ... Frau Kokoschka
Johanna Mertinz Johanna Mertinz ... Frau Gropius
Erwin Ebenbauer Erwin Ebenbauer ... Dr. Alfred Loos
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

UK | Germany | Austria

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2002 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Windsbraut See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,208, 10 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$419,414, 11 November 2001
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a life-size doll in the movie and Oskar Kokoschka did hire a dollmaker to make a life-size doll of Alma Mahler after she left him. See more »

Soundtracks

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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Could have been so much more
5 March 2007 | by woodkmwSee all my reviews

I lived in Vienna for four years so I was really excited to see this movie. My attention was grabbed by the DVDs cover art which is a repackaging of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. The late 1800s until World War II was a very unique time in the fields of art, psychology, music, architecture/design and literature that is very rarely touched upon nowadays. So I had high hopes. But I was disappointed in this movie and I felt it could have been in a much more interesting way. The actors were OK I guess. I don't think they had much in the dialogue department to work with. The points that would have made this much more interesting...the art, music and literary aspects...were just touched upon. But that said, it was billed as a story about one woman's life during this period and how she was a muse to some of the now famous men of the era. Actually I came away being much less sympathetic to this woman than I was before I saw the film. She seemed less of a muse than a woman who used famous men for her own ends. I find it unusual that out of all of Vienna, she managed only to make well-known men her lovers. Men such as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kolkoschka, Water Gropius, Gustav Mahler and on and on. It really did no favors to this woman's reputation and I viewed her as kind of a user and a whiner. Yes she did not have a lot of freedom but it was the very early 1900s, neither did any other woman. She seemed to have the daring to jump from man to man in the days when this was simply not done in polite society. Yet she did not seem to have the courage to try to make it on her own in the field of music. If she was adventurous enough to throw caution to the wind and live such a bohemian lifestyle, I do not know why she would then have cause to complain about being stifled when she knew full well what marriage in that time entailed. How about having the courage to life your own life and pursue your own dreams in the field of music. Rather than depending on some man to fulfill your dreams then complaining when they are not. So I just found the storyline became very uninteresting very quickly and the other points such as the arts & culture of the time would have added much more interest to the film. But were just glossed over in the end.


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