Controversial in his time, Austrian composer Gustav Mahler can now be seen as an important forerunner to the 20th-century Modernist style. This documentary overview retraces his life and travels using compelling location footage, family album photos, and insights from daughter Marina Mahler-Fistullari, who surveys vintage photographs and recalls unforgettable stories about life in the Czech Republic and work in Vienna opera houses. 52 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Mahler was a visionary composer whose work foreshadowed 20th-century Modernism. He was part of a group of renowned Austrian artists that included Klimt and Schoenberg. Mahler's story, from his native village in what is now the Czech Republic, over the Tyrolean Mountains and into Vienna's opera houses, is told through the photos of his family album. His daughter, Marina Mahler-Fistullari leafs through the photographs and tells the stories that lay behind them. Here, the full depth and breadth of the musician and his work are revealed.