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Both trifles and structure are tossed out the door by director Ken Russell in this film. Here, historical content matters not so much as metaphors, feelings, emotions, and interpretations, and pay close attention, as every word and frame is intended to be important. The film takes place on a single train ride, in which the sickly, aged composer Gustav Mahler and his wife, Alma, confront the reasons behind their faltered marriage and dying love. Each word seems to evoke memories of past, and so the audience witnesses events of Mahler's life that explain somewhat his present state. Included are his turbulent and dysfunctional family life as a child, his discovery of solace in the "natural" world, his brother's suicide, his [unwanted] conversion from Judiasm to Catholicism, his rocky marriage and the death of his young children. The movie weaves in and out of dreams, flashbacks, thoughts and reality as Russell poetically describes the man behind the music.
Cast & Crew
|MPAA Ratings:||PG||Premiere Info:|
|Release Date:||1974||Production Date:|
|Color/B&W:||Color (Technicolor)||Distributions Co:|
|Sound:||Mono||Production Co:||Goodtimes Enterprises .....Production Company, Visual Programme Systems Ltd .....Theatrical Distributor, New Line Cinema .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor|
|Duration(mins):||Country:||United Kingdom (GB)|