Bride of the Wind (2001)

Bride of the Wind



Critic Consensus: Bride of the Wind drags for its length, and Alma, rather than being the proto-feminist the film wants her to be, comes across more as a dilettante of mediocre talent.

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In this fact-based drama directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy), Sarah Wynter portrays Alma Mahler Werfel (born Alma Schindler), an outspoken young female composer in turn-of-the-century Vienna. The feature highlights her romantic involvement with the two most important men in her life, renowned composer Gustav Mahler (Jonathan Pryce) and painter Oskar Kokoschka (Vincent Perez). In 1902, Alma married Mahler, a highly regarded musician for whom Alma acts as a muse, even though she is … More

Rating: R (for sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Marylin Levy, Marilyn Levy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2001
Paramount Classics - Official Site


as Alma Mahler

as Gustav Mahler

as Oskar Kokoschka

as Walter Gropius

as Franz Werfel

as Gustav Klimt

as Bertha Zuckerland

as Alexander Zemlinsky

as Justine Mahler

as Anna Moll

as Anna Mahler (age 6)

as Frau Kokoschka

as Frau Gropius

as Dr. Alfred Loos

as Maria Mahler (age 3)

as Maria Mahler (age 5)

as Anna Mahler (age 3)

as Anna Mahler (age 13)

as Frances Alda

as Alda's Accompanist

as Dr. Blumenthal

as Sophie Clemenceau

as Arnold Schonberg

as Archduke Franz Ferdi...

as Clarinettist

as Alma's Maid

as Alma's Maid

as Russian Soldier

as Cavalry Sergeant

as Tobelbad Patient

as Tobelbad Patient

as Klimt's Model

as Mute Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Bride of the Wind

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (28)

Alma Mahler is flirting again.

Full Review… | April 7, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An often silly and oddly tepid biopic from director Bruce Beresford.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

As Sarah Wynter plays Alma, it's difficult to see what all the hue and cry was about.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Watching it is like walking, walking, walking down a never-ending aisle.

Full Review… | September 20, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The filmmakers' limited notions of genius, simple humanity and, probably, feminism seem to have defeated everyone involved.

August 9, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The turgid Marilyn Levy screenplay ... induced giggles at the screening.

Full Review… | June 29, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bride of the Wind


"Bride of the Wind," 2001?s biopic of Alma Mahler, is an intriguing look into the life of one of music history's most polarizing characters. While the critics hated it, anybody with a decent knowledge of Gustav and/or Alma Mahler will enjoy seeing these historical figures brought to life. The entire first half of the film is Alma's relationship with Gustav, creating sympathy for Alma without making Gustav into a bad guy. It mostly portrays them as incompatible as Gustav is too preoccupied with his music to realize that Alma is struggling. The moment when Gustav confronts Alma with the letter written to her by lover Walter Gropius is chilling, as well as when Oskar Kokoschka reveals his famous intimate painting of Alma, "The Bride of the Wind." The film score is full of Mahler's greatest works, including the 3rd Symphony, 5th Symphony, 6th Symphony, and Kindertotenlieder amongst other pieces. While the acting isn't of "Shawshank" stature, Jonathan Pryce is an excellent Gustav and Sarah Wynter shows why men were so intrigued with the strong-willed Alma (a.k.a. she's hott). This movie has been buried by its horrific critical reception but it is a treasure to any person who takes interest in the lives of the Mahlers.

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