Ken Russell’s largely metaphorical take on the life of 19th century Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (Robert Powell) takes place primarily on a single train ride embellished with flashbacks and fantasy sequences. More restrained than expected, it’s stylistically ascetic compared to some of Russell’s more over the top biopics. Oliver Reed has a brief cameo as a train conductor.
About Bernard Rose
Bernard Rose was one of the pioneering music video directors in the early days of MTV, shooting Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Red Red Wine for UB40. Rose’s feature credits as writer and director include Paperhouse, Candyman, Immortal Beloved, Ivansxtc, Anna Karenina, and Two Jacks. He is currently in postproduction on Paganini: The Devil’s Violinist. You can check out his work at bernardrosedirector.com.