Mahler
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Director Ken Russell made a number of biographical films of composers' lives including The Music Lovers, (about Tchaikovsky) and Lisztomania. Russell embellished the other films with certain characteristic flourishes, which include a focus on the composers' sexual obsessions, poetically telling anachronisms, and scenes which show Richard Wagner in a bad light. The story of Mahler is recounted in a much less complex and flamboyant manner and 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… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is filmmaking -- and filmmaking of a kind we've rarely seen."
‑ Ken Hanke, 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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"MAHLER's preponderance with visuals reminds us that Russell is more of a technical director than an actor's director"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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