Directed by Ken Russell | UK | 115 mins.
Ken Russell returns to his BBC roots with this lush and pastoral account of the life of Gustav Mahler. In hallucinatory interludes imagined by Russell, then at the peak of his powers, Mahler (Robert Powell) imagines the trials and tribulations of the life that led to his classic music.
Featuring evocative English Lake Country landscapes, a sterling cast including Georgina Hale as Mahler’s long suffering wife Alma, and Mahler's powerful and mournfully soulful music, Russell fashions one of his most complete and stimulating tales regarding the nature of musical creativity and the sacrifices, personal and professional, that are a part of the artist's life.
- Written by Scott Lang