Mahler (1974) DVD9
Mahler has sometimes been cited as the finest of Russell's composer bio-pics, an informal series which began with several impressive works made for television at the beginning of the 1960s.

The film takes place mostly as a series of flashbacks, experienced by the ailing composer as he travels to take up a last appointment in Vienna, accompanied by his wife Alma (Georgina Hale). His memories prompted by his imminent mortality, as well as Alma's libidinous interest in a handsome soldier also on the train, Mahler dwells on several key episodes of his life, such as his early musical education, his conversion to Catholicism and a humiliating job interview for the Vienna Opera. Thus while the fatigue wracked composer's train journey is experienced as reality, his feverish recollection of a creative past is often hallucinatory and surreal - moments at which Russell's colourful staging of events is foremost.

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:50:50 | 6.27 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English | Subtitles: none
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music

Director: Ken Russell
Cast: Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Lee Montague, Rosalie Crutchley, Gary Rich, Ronald Pickup
Country: UK

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