Mahler (1974)

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.

Directing:
  • Ken Russell

Writing:
  • Ken Russell

Stars:
Release Date: 1974-04-04
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 115
Richard Morant
Richard Moran...
Max
Dana Gillespie
Dana Gillespi...
Anna von Mildenburg
Robert Powell
Robert Powell
Gustav Mahler
Georgina Hale
Georgina Hale
Alma Mahler
Lee Montague
Lee Montague
Bernhard Mahler
Miriam Karlin
Miriam Karlin
Aunt Rosa
Rosalie Crutchley
Rosalie Crutc...
Marie Mahler
Angela Down
Angela Down
Justine Mahler
Ronald Pickup
Ronald Pickup
Nick
Peter Eyre
Peter Eyre
Otto Mahler
David Collings
David Colling...
Hugo Wolfe
Kenneth Colley
Kenneth Colle...
Krenek
Antonia Ellis
Antonia Ellis
Cosima Wagner
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