His Funny Valentine

Alma Mahler interests me. One of the great muses of the early twentieth century, she fell in and out of love with composers, artists, an architect, and a writer. She inspired paintings, symphonies, buildings, and poetry. She even wrote her own music, suffocating artistically when her first husband, Gustav Mahler, asked her to stop.

Bruce Beresford’s 2001 movie about Alma, “Bride of the Wind,” takes its name from a painting of the same name by Oskar Kokoschka.

I watched it last weekend, and I’d recommend it if you’re interested in music, art, or pretty girls. The plot is a bit rushed. My movie date said it went by too fast for him to care about the characters. I guess it's hard to press a lifetime of memories into 120 minutes, and harder still if your subject is a woman with a tangled romantic history.

If you do watch it, see which suitor finally wins the beautiful and complicated Alma. Is it the guy who:

a) paints her portrait?
b) picks her up at the spa?
c) writes symphonies for her?
d) tells her she’s beautiful?
e) plays her music?

You can probably guess already.