Saturday, August 06, 2011

Mahler Parts Six and Seven: "I'm not dead yet!" and Cascade House

Mahler Part Six
Mahler Part seven

Yes, this segment contains the funeral scene! Georgina Hale is astonishing and you feel as if you are going right into the Columbarium with Gustav. The precision and choreography is fabulous. The fab funeral sequence should not take away from the fact that there are also two very important scenes that flesh out the film here; Mahler's discussion with his two young daughters about God and Alma's rebuffed attempts at her own compositions.

Highlight: 6:54 Chatsworth House considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the English country estates serves as the Austrian palace grounds as Mahler and his sister try to gain acceptance as Jews. Addressing the Emperor as he sits in the Cascade House, Mahler does not seem so super human anymore. For him this is grovelling as he tries to convince the Emperor that he's actually goy enough lead the Vienna Opera and bring his unparalleled artistic brilliance to Europe's highest heights. Chatsworth's Cascade is a 300-year-old river of water gushing over 24 groups of steps. When I dreamed of coming to the UK no other heritage/landmark site apart from Big Ben held my interest more. I think I have never before seen something this beautiful on screen.

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