Mahler

Mahler

Director: Ken Russell

Cast: Ken Russell, Robert M. Powell, Georgina Hale, Richard Morant

     
 
Ken Russell's idiosyncratic portrait of the life of composer Gustav Mahler gets a simple presentation for its release on DVD. Mahler has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options or bonus materials

Overview

Ken Russell's idiosyncratic portrait of the life of composer Gustav Mahler gets a simple presentation for its release on DVD. Mahler has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options or bonus materials included with this release.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Though Mahler may be familiar as yet another of Ken Russell's biographies of composers, this film is relatively free of the director's characteristic excesses. As the composer returns to Vienna, he contemplates such difficulties in his life as his demanding father and stormy marriage, as well as such psychological problems as his guilt over an expedient conversion to Catholicism and an obsessive fear of death. The film emphasizes the composer's need for solitude, partly due to a hypersensitive nature and partly a condition of his creative work. While Russell's treatment of the composer is surprisingly reverent, the mild, ethereal Robert Powell was perhaps not the best actor to play a role which might have been better filled by someone like Anthony Hopkins. But in general the film is well made, and for anyone looking for an introduction to the composer and his extraordinary music it wouldn't be a bad place to start.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/1998
UPC:
0014381452822
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:51:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert M. Powell Gustav Mahler
Georgina Hale Alma Mahler
Richard Morant Max
Lee Montague Bernhard Mahler
Rosalie Crutchley Marie Mahler
Elaine Delmar Princess
Claire McLellan Glucki
Sarah McLellan Putzi
Gary Rich Young Mahler
Michael Southgate Alois Mahler
Arnold Yarrow Grandfather
Antonia Ellis Cosima Wagner
Kenneth Colley Krenek
Terry O'Quinn Actor
Oliver Reed Train Conductor
Benny Lee Uncle Arnold
Miriam Karlin Aunt Rosa
Angela Down Justine
David Collings Hugo Wolfe
Ronald Pickup Nick
Dana Gillespie Anna von Mildenburg
Otto Diamant Prof. Sladky
Peter Eyre Otto
George Coulouris Dr. Roth
Andrew Faulds Doctor On Train
David Trevena Dr. Richter

Technical Credits
Ken Russell Director,Screenwriter
Roy Baird Producer
Michael Bradsell Editor
Dick Bush Cinematographer
John Comfort Production Designer
John Forsythe Musical Direction/Supervision
Mike Gowans Asst. Director
Gillian Gregory Choreography
Bernard Haitink Score Composer
Sandy Lieberson Producer
David Puttnam Producer
John Richardson Special Effects
Peter Robb-King Makeup
Shirley Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Whittaker Art Director

Scene Index

Chapter Listings.
0. Chapter Listings.
0. Menu Group #1 with 16 chapter(s) covering 01:50:49
1. Main Title/1st Movement 3rd Symphony. [11:01]
2. Peace and Quiet. [11:33]
3. Childhood Memories. [5:38]
4. Piano Lessons. [5:44]
5. "What Nature Tells Me." [9:27]
6. Haunting Past. [5:15]
7. Part of God. [5:39]
8. Death. [7:27]
9. Buddign Composer. [3:56]
10. Going Slightly Mad. [9:11]
11. Burying Your Soul. [6:38]
12. Then Convert. [10:35]
13. Songs of the Death of Children. [8:49]
14. Symphony of Love. [7:02]
15. Bad News. [:49]
16. End Credits. [1:59]

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