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Kindertotenlieder (Funeral Chants for Children)
Credits:Directed by Titus Leber (German with English subtitles, color, 16mm)

Funeral Chants for Children is a multi-layered experemental movie dealing with a mother's lamentation for her dead child. The film draws from Hans Christian Andersen's The Story of a Mother and on Gustav Mahler's cycle of songs Funeral Chants for Children based on the poems by Fredrich Ruckert. During the course of the film, the entire song cycle is presented. Leber's film is not an illustration of Mahler's songs but rather a visual poem that is embedded in Mahler's composition. Print courtesy of the Austrian Cultural Institute, New York.

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