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    I've seen six of those movies, I doubt any of them were particularly accurate, and the only one that I thought was an especially good movie was Tous les matins du monde, which is wonderful. I agree with the comment above about Gary Oldman's fine performance as Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, an otherwise uninspired movie. The same can be said about Bride of the Wind, a movie about Alma Mahler, where Gustav Mahler is well played by a favorite actor of mine, Jonathan Pryce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    Has anyone seen Ken Russell's Mahler? I've never actually seen it, but I've heard from a couple people that it's very strange, but almost realistic in a way that Mahler's mind would think that way.
    Ken Russell's "Mahler" is very post-modern" and no-one should approach it as historically accurate. That said, it is wonderful film-making and if you have not seen it, I strongly encourage you to do so.

    I just posted in a separate thread on the validity of movies about composers etc. In it, I recommended "Taking Sides" based on the post war interrogation of Furtwangler. The trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfURytVFKB0
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