Director Ken Russell
Country United Kingdom
Genre Biography, Drama, Music
Writer Ken Russell
|Release date 24 October 1974 (Belgium)February 1975 (U.S.)|
Music director Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner
Awards BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Cast Robert Powell (Gustav Mahler), Georgina Hale (Alma Mahler), Lee Montague (Bernhard Mahler), Miriam Karlin (Aunt Rosa), Rosalie Crutchley (Marie Mahler)
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Mahler 1974 theatrical trailer
Mahler is a 1974 biographical film based on the life of composer Gustav Mahler. It was written and directed by Ken Russell for Goodtimes Enterprises, and starred Robert Powell as Gustav Mahler and Georgina Hale as Alma Mahler. The film was entered into the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Technical Grand Prize.
Mahler 1974 trailer
After a spectacular prelude, the film begins on a train journey with Gustav Mahler (Robert Powell) and his wife Alma (Georgina Hale) confronting their failing marriage. The story is then recounted in a series of flashbacks (some of which are surrealistic and nightmarish), taking one through Mahler's childhood, his brother's suicide, his experience with anti-semitism, his conversion from Judaism to Catholicism, his marital problems, and the death of his young daughter. The film also contains a surreal fantasy sequence involving the anti-Semitic Cosima Wagner (Antonia Ellis), widow of Richard Wagner, whose objections to his taking control of the Court Opera were supposedly removed by his conversion to Catholicism. In the process, the film explores Mahler's music and its relationship to his life.
Some outdoor sections of the film were made in Borrowdale, in the English Lake District.
The music score of the movie consists of recordings by the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink.
By 1985 the film had recorded a net loss of £14,000.
ReferencesMahler (film) Wikipedia
Mahler (film) IMDb Mahler (film) themoviedb.org