The Freud Museum

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6 November 2011



UK Jewish Film Festival and the Freud Museum London proudly present MAHLER ON THE COUCH - Everyman Cinema Hampstead

UK premiere of the widely acclaimed independent film directed by Percy and Felix Adlon. Alma Mahler's affair with the young architect Walter Gropius sets in motion a marital drama that forces her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud.

The film will be followed by a short talk by Gavin Plumley on Representations of Music and Psychoanalysis on Screen. Gavin Plumley has written, broadcast and lectured widely about many aspects of music and Central European culture.

Further information: Felix and Percy Adlon (Baghdad Café) a father and son directing team, have created a multi-layered and intriguing film, which is a heady blend of comedy, romance and introspection. This fictional recreation of the real life therapy between composer Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud (Karl Markovics), deals with highly personal aspects of Mahler’s emotional life, in particular his wife’s extra marital affair. Alma Mahler (Barbara Romaner) is a vivacious and flirtatious muse who inspires not only Mahler himself, but also the artist Gustav Klimt and the novelist Franz Verfel. Her affair with the architect Walter Gropius is the primary reason that Mahler consults with Freud.

With a stunning film score from Mahler’s symphonies recorded by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, there is a serious dark undertone to this film, which beautifully conveys the intensity of Vienna’s cultural life in the latter days of the 19th century.

Film is in German with English subtitles.

UK Jewish Film Festival

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