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Ken Russells (Women in L ove, Valentino, Crimes of Passion) Mahler is a dazzling depiction of Gustav Mahlers tormented life. The maverick director, who revolutionized the film biography, blends history and psychological analysis for a fascinating study of art and sensuality. Equally brilliant and disturbing flashbacks and dream sequences chronicle the turn-of-the-century Austrian composers turbulent marriage, passionate affairs, and rejection of Judaism. Viewers will revel in Mahlers stirring music, the exquisite cinematography and lavish sets, and characteristic Russellian extremes (including an anachronistic reference to Nazis). The superb cast is led by Robert Powell as the musician consumed with ambition and Georgina Hale as the woman shadowed by his genius.