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Directed by Percy Adlon and Felix Adlon

2010, in German with English subtitles


98 minutes




Mahler on the Couch


Preceded by wine reception at 5:30 p.m.

This exuberant imagining of the real-life marriage of Gustav Mahler (Johannes Silberschneider) and his tempestuous wife Alma Schindler Mahler (the luminous Barbara Romaner) is a sensory feast of art, sex, and celebrity in fin-de-siècle Vienna.

“Very witty and erotic . . . [director] Percy Adlon is up to old tricks in this delightful, artistically vigorous, and occasionally loony fantasia about Vienna's cultural elite 100 years ago.” —Hollywood Reporter

Mahler’s tenure as the director of the venerable Vienna Court Opera (1897–1907) coincided precisely with a remarkable flourishing of the creative arts in Vienna. Coming together in the Vienna Secession under the leadership of Gustav Klimt, a group of architects, painters, and decorative artists propelled Vienna to the very forefront of the international avant-garde movement.

A brief introduction by Helga K. Aurisch, curator of European art, touches on Mahler’s pivotal role as an intermediary between the Vienna Secession and the Vienna Opera. 

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