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Bride of the Wind
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by Greg Muskewitz

"A windbag, indeed."
2 stars

A connubial biopic of Alma Mahler (Sarah Wynter) and her many men (many for her time, that is), “Bride of Wind” is a cockeyed, sexist movie that doesn’t know whether to humorize or dramatize select pieces of her life — because the movie deals far less with anything sufficient in Mahler’s life other than her musical chairs of men.

Alma, an educated young woman and talented composer gets hitched to the famous composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (Jonathan Price). Obsessed with his work far more than his life, she has an affair with architect Walter Gropius. When she returns, Gustav dies before long, so she switches on over to Oskar Kokoschka (Vincent Perez), an Expressionist painter. Once he goes off to war, she marries Gropius, and before long divorces him for novelist/poet Franz Werfel.

“Bride of the Wind” began in Vienna, 1902, and by the time it ended, I didn’t even catch how many years had gone by in the past 95-minutes, but the movie certainly had jagged and numerous segues that would crawl up on you. There was never any sense of time passing, but rather the replacement of actresses for Alma’s daughter and other characters along the way. The only motivation for the rapid transgression of time was to go through all of the men that Alma did. (“But you understand, I’m not any widow, I’m Gustav Mahler’s widow”) To keep the movie moving along, I don’t doubt many things were skipped and skimmed over, if not completely ignored. Director Bruce Beresford exploits Alma as a promiscuous woman, and carries it over into the demands on Wynter (“The Sixth Day”). There are plenty of helpings to her flesh, while Beresford remains non-judgmental and sympathetic to both the men characters and the actors. Beresford pulled the same kind of stunt with “Paradise Road,” where it seemed he was telling a story of a group of women’s struggle for survival. What saved it from the same fate as this, was the top-notch performances of some of the actresses, given the obstacles they faced. Wynter is a pretty actresses, but she — as are most of the actors, are guilty of not nearing an Austrian or Viennese accent at all! Several come off sounding like they were from Savannah!

I’m sure that there could have been a lot of interesting things to extract from Alma’s life, very few were. The most compelling sequence was when Alma and Gustav were planning for the marriage, and he asked her to make his music, theirs. In other words, he asked her to stop her composing. I felt there was so much more there that could have been told, more struggles that should have been shown. But what we get instead is a mock-portrait, one that appears to despise its subject rather than be interested in it, and a pamphlet worth of notes at the denouement, following up on the sudden and unexplained (not to mention undeveloped) close. Superficially intercut on occasion with scenery shots, as if it were to bring it any closer to a Merchant Ivory production.

Final Verdict: D.

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