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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

The title of the movie is apparently the result of a painting by Oskar Kokoschka called The Bride of the Wind. 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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Beautiful Photography - That's All Folks!
2 March 2002 | by settingsonSee all my reviews

I went to see the L.A. premiere of this film, in which the director and screenwriter (sic) attended. While looking through the tasteful, elegant, and researched program - I couldn't wait for the theater to darken: A film about 19th Century European Art/Music! Also, I was awaiting the biography of Ms. Mahler.

Afterward, I couldn't believe some people had the gall to get up and commend this film. Although the film is about enlightened artists, this film is so bourgeois - and we never understand the female lead as she bounces from one bed to the next. The film is sumptuous-looking, and the production values are high - but this does not a good film make. The biggest culprit is the superficial and boring screenplay: There is just no depth in either the lead character, or her relationships with others. Barring feminist politics, the script just doesn't have it in the drama department. It's as if someone said, "Gee, if we make a film about Gustav Mahler's trampy wife, and put all these famous artists in it - that'll make a good film!".

Beresford was obviously gathering a mere paycheck, and Levy probably has friends in high places (what else has she written?!).


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