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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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Details

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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A biographical documentary that just steps through the events
8 July 2002 | by lingmeisterSee all my reviews

The film seems to have been a history re-enactment on the life of Alma Schindler. It did not get into the details of the what, why and how of the relationships and inspirations. It basically just showed the events in her life. Maybe Sarah Wynter was not the right person for the role because she did not reveal in her role why all these men would fall for her and create greatness in her presence. Or maybe the dialog was too simplistic and things just jumped from courting to ending of the relationship without anybody knowing why it happened. Or the directing just didn't create that passion between any of the two characters for us to think that they would get together. I guess we'll never know.


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