Mahler (1974)



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Amazingly, director Ken Russell does not attempt to stuff Mahler full of the deliberate anachronisms (save, perhaps, for all those references to Nazis) and anti-establishment proselytizing which distinguished the director's earlier musical biopics. Instead, this is a relatively reverent study of the life and work of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, here played by Robert Powell. The film tackles the touchy dilemma of Mahler's Jewishness in the anti-Semitic atmosphere of 19th-century Vienna. He … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ken Russell
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On DVD: Jul 4, 2006
Criterion Collection



as Gustav Mahler

as Alma Mahler

as Bernhard Mahler

as Marie Mahler

as Uncle Arnold

as Aunt Rosa

as Justine

as Hugo Wolfe

as Cosima Wagner

as Grandfather

as Anna von Mildenburg

as Princess

as Alois Mahler

as Prof. Sladky

as Young Mahler

as Dr. Roth

as Doctor On Train

as Dr. Richter

as Stationmaster
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Critic Reviews for Mahler

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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This is filmmaking -- and filmmaking of a kind we've rarely seen.

Full Review… | June 23, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Though the film like Mahler's music is clearly not for everyone it, nevertheless, rises in a crescendo of brilliant spectacle to overwhelm the usual timid biopic.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

MAHLER's preponderance with visuals reminds us that Russell is more of a technical director than an actor's director

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

September 1, 2005

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