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Death in Venice (1971)

Morte a Venezia (original title)
GP | | Drama | 5 March 1971 (Italy)
In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based on Gustav Mahler) travels to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose after a period... See full summary »

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Cast

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Romolo Valli ...
Mark Burns ...
Alfred
Nora Ricci ...
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Frau von Aschenbach
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Esmeralda (as Carole Andre)
Björn Andrésen ...
Tadzio (as Björn Andresen)
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Leslie French ...
Travel Agent
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Antonio Appicella ...
Vagrant
Sergio Garfagnoli ...
Jaschu, Polish youth
Ciro Cristofoletti ...
Luigi Battaglia ...
Scapegrace
Dominique Darel ...
English tourist
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In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based on Gustav Mahler) travels to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose after a period of artistic and personal stress. But he finds no peace there, for he soon develops a troubling attraction to an adolescent boy, Tadzio, on vacation with his family. The boy embodies an ideal of beauty that Aschenbach has long sought and he becomes infatuated. However, the onset of a deadly pestilence threatens them both physically and represents the corruption that compromises and threatens all ideals. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@ccmail.chin.doc.ca>

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The celebrated story of a man obsessed with ideal beauty.

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Trivia

As preparation for the role of Tadzio, director Luchino Visconti took Björn Andrésen to gay clubs in order to experience mannerisms and reactions from gays since he was about to play the object of desire of another man. Of this experience, Andrésen said: "I was just 16 and Visconti and the team took me to a gay nightclub. Almost all the crew were gay. The waiters at the club made me feel very uncomfortable. They looked at me uncompromisingly as if I was a nice meaty dish. I knew I couldn't react. It would have been social suicide. But it was the first of many such encounters." See more »

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As Aschenbach watches the departing Tadzio just after he twirls on the canopy posts, two young boys are walking hand in hand toward the camera. In the next shot, only one of the boys is seen walking in front of Aschenbach. See more »

Quotes

Gustav von Aschenbach: You must never smile like that. You must never smile like that at anyone.
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Referenced in The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971) See more »

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Für Elise
(uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Claudio Gizzi
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Grow Up.
22 January 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Death in Venice has nothing to do with sexuality - hetero, homo, or otherwise. It's about God, man, beauty and creation. Man loses. End of story.


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