Bride of the Wind

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Released 2001

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Director:
Bruce Beresford
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Bride of the Wind is a biography of a promiscuous, intelligent and artistic woman, living around the turn of the century, who influenced the lives of some famous people. The film opens in 1902 Vienna, where the young and beautiful socialite, Alma Schindler (Sarah Wynter), writes her own music. She catches middle-aged, famous composer, Gustav Mahler's (Jonathan Pryce) attention, who proposes to her on the condition that she gives up music and raises his family. Alma reluctantly accepts, and the couple has two daughters, Anna (Michaela Illetschko) and Maria (Sonia Madani). Anna dies of scarlet fever, and Alma goes into a deep depression. In an attempt to cheer her up, Gustav asks her to compose five songs and sends Alma to a spa to relax. There, she meets Walter Gropius (Simon Verhoeven), an architect half her age. Alma has a short affair with him. Her husband dies, and while in New York to attend his funeral, Alma meets the artist Oskar Kokoschka (Vincent Perez), who infatuates her. Gropius soon appears again and proposes to Alma, which she accepts. Her new husband turns out to be too dominant for her taste. She divorces him and finally settles down with the poet Franz Werfel (Gregor Seberg), who finds her old compositions and rekindles her love for music.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    For all the talk of artistic and amorous passion, the film is trapped in snobbish inertia; its idea of period drama amounts to a kind of highbrow name- dropping.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Mildly entertaining, offering generous swaths of Mahler performed by the Bratislava Philharmonic, but it's also inescapably ponderous.

  • 20

    Variety Robert Koehler

    An odd case of filmmaking with a crystal-clear subject but no guiding dramatic premise.

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Arts, Drama, Music

Themes

Biography, Historical