The astonishingly gripping music of this late Romantic composer who redefined the symphonic form and expression is quoted in many films to underscore moments of overflowing joy or anguish. Mahler’s music can be found in approximately 47 features such as La Prisonnière (1968); the outrageous film noir The Honeymoon Killers (1969); Alice in the Cities (1974); the tale of the famous German writer of American Westerns who never saw a cowboy, Karl May (1974); the comedy Akhalgazrda kompozitoris mogzauroba (Trip of a Young Composer, 1984); the Charles Bukowski-inspired Barfly (1987); Tampopo (1985); The Children’s War (1985); Lektionen in Finsternis (Lessons in Darkness, 1992); the heartbreaking medical film Lorenzo’s Oil (1992) which employs the Symphony No. 5; Paragraph 175 (1999) which also quotes from the Symphony No. 5; and Bride of the Wind (2001).
Luchino Visconti’s Morte a Venezia (Death in Venice, 1971) employs excerpts from Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No. 5 sparingly… read more