THE INTERVIEW

An interview with Percy Adlon and Felix Adlon


How did you come up with the idea for this movie?


We wanted to do something about Mahler for his two big anniversaries, his 150th birthday (July 7th, 2010) and the 100th anniversary of his death (May 18th 2011).


Percy: My brother Thomas, a radio man in Munich, told me about the incredible story of "the letter" and that Mahler met with Freud in Holland, while Freud was on vacation.


You co-wrote and co-directed. How do you divide up each task?


Percy: For Felix, the biggest turn on was the moment when he heard the music that Mahler wrote at that time of desperation. This and the letter with Mahler's name on the envelope and a love letter to his wife Alma inside of it made him say, "We have to write this together!"


Felix: For my father, as I know him, it was Alma, the famous "femme fatale" who was married to three genius men, Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius, and Franz Werfel. I think he wanted to know who she really was when she was young.


Percy: We sat across from each other, both in front of our computers, which were connected so that we both could work simultaneously on the same document.


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