Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius
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Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius

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Director: Andy Sommer

Cast: Andy Sommer, Leslie Dragan, Michael Compitello, Henry-Louise De La Grange

     
 
As directed by Andy Sommer from a script that he wrote with Catherine Sauvat, this revisionist documentary cuts through much of the romantic mythology surrounding Austro-Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) to provide a "sensorial" portrait of the said musical genius. In other words, it uses newly-discovered evidence to convey, for the viewer, the signs, sounds

Overview

As directed by Andy Sommer from a script that he wrote with Catherine Sauvat, this revisionist documentary cuts through much of the romantic mythology surrounding Austro-Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) to provide a "sensorial" portrait of the said musical genius. In other words, it uses newly-discovered evidence to convey, for the viewer, the signs, sounds, hostilities and obsessions that Mahler experienced from day to day and over the years. In evoking Mahler's soul, the film also draws on many objects central to his life, such as his summer home, his glasses and his baton. Those who appear in the film include: Thomas Hampson, Jonathan Nott, Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
UPC:
0880242588388
Source:
Euroarts
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
86,697

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius
1. Opening [:47]
2. Introduction [3:09]
3. Beginnings [9:06]
4. Vienna - Vienne - Wien 1897 [2:52]
5. Opera Director - Directeur d'Opéra - Operndirektor [1:53]
6. May, 11th 1897 - 11. May 1897 [2:17]
7. Mahler's Revolution - La Révolution Mahler - Mahlers Revolution [8:16]
8. 1903: Tristan [2:24]
9. Alma [7:16]
10. "Splendid Isolation" [5:06]
11. Putzis Death - La Mort De Putzi - Putzis Tod [3:16]
12. 1907: Farewell to Vienna - L'adieu De Vienne - Abschied Von Wien [6:28]
13. 1907: New York [7:41]
14. Toblach [4:59]
15. Alma's Unfaithfulness - L'infidélité D'Alma - Almas Untreue [6:48]
16. Back in New York - Retour à New-York - Zurück in New York [:38]
17. Alma Mahler [2:07]
18. Disease - La Maladie - Krankheit [4:41]
19. Epilogue - Épilogue - Epilog [5:06]
20. Credits [2:31]

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Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KlingonOpera More than 1 year ago
For so many people, Gustav Mahler is a love-hate thing - you either are enthralled by his music, or you strongly dislike it. I fall in the former camp in that I just can't get enough of it. So for me, this documentary (being focused on bringing the truth of the man to light, rather than the idolized image) was right up my alley if it lived up to its description. And it most definitely does. The film includes interviews with Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Danielle Gatti, Thomas Hampson, and others, and each has something unique to add to the depiction of Mahler being presented. Fascinating are descriptions and images of areas in which he spent his childhood, as are the images of his summer home where he composed and the artifacts that remain as physical evidence of his presence - his glasses, baton, scores, and manuscripts. It is enlightening to hear stories of his time in Vienna as well as New York, and the film paints a picture of a man determined to express how he experienced life and music through the musicians he worked with, even though many of them disliked his methods or the way in which they felt he was treating them. By the same token, the immense regard for Mahler the conductor is strongly communicated, and one can't help but wonder how marvelous it would have been to attend one of his performances. The documentary also touches on the love that Mahler had for his children, the heartbreak he experienced when one of his daughters died, and the pain when he discovered his wife having an affair with the architect Walter Gropius. While no film can hope to capture the essence of a life as complicated as Mahler's, Andy Sommer's film does a remarkable job in communicating the humanity of the man, as well as the ways in which his genius set him apart from other people. It is a fascinating portrait of an incredible composer and conductor, and is worth watching for anyone interested in the man behind this incredible music.