Ken Russell's film about the composer Gustav Mahler

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Robert Powell — Gustav Mahler
Georgina Hale — Alma Mahler
Lee Montague — Bernhard Mahler
Miriam Karlin — Aunt Rosa
Rosalie Crutchley — Marie Mahler
Gary Rich — Young Gustav
Richard Morant — Max
Angela Down — Justine Mahler
Antonia Ellis — Cosima Wagner
Ronald Pickup — Nick
Peter Eyre — Otto Mahler
Dana Gillespie — Anna von Mildenburg
George Coulouris — Doctor Roth
David Collings — Hugo Wolf
Arnold Yarrow — Grandfather
David Trevena — Doctor Richter
Elaine Delmar — Princess
Benny Lee — Uncle Arnold

Program notes

Nominated at Cannes for the Palme d'Or in 1974, Mahler is unquestionably one of Ken Russell's most beautiful movies.

The story takes place in 1911, shedding light on the last days of Gustav Mahler. Mahler was fifty when he conducted his last concert at the New York Philharmonic, of which he had been the musical director since 1909. When he was composing his Tenth Symphony, he fell seriously ill. Extremely weakned, he came back to Paris to get treatment, before passing away on May 18, 1911.

In Mahler, Ken Russell uses a lot of flashbacks, showing a poor child suffering from his father's anger; a young musician frustrated by antisemetism and about to convert to catholicism; a husband tough with his wife whom he cherishes a lot; and a caring and loving father devastated by the death of his daughter.

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Directed by:
Ken Russell
Production date: 1974
Duration: 1 h 50 min
Production: © Goodtimes Enterprises Ltd
Resolution: SD