Death in Venice (1971)
"Morte a Venezia" (original title)

GP  |   |  Drama  |  5 March 1971 (Italy)
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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... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Romolo Valli ...
Mark Burns ...
Nora Ricci ...
Frau von Aschenbach
Esmeralda (as Carole Andre)
Björn Andrésen ...
Tadzio (as Björn Andresen)
Leslie French ...
Travel Agent
Franco Fabrizi ...
Antonio Appicella ...
Sergio Garfagnoli ...
Jaschu, Polish youth
Ciro Cristofoletti ...
Luigi Battaglia ...
Dominique Darel ...
English tourist


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 <>

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The celebrated story of a man obsessed with ideal beauty.




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In the dining room, Aschenbach orders "soup and fish" which is also a slang term for his formal evening suit. See more »


TV aerials clearly visible on Venetian rooftops in one scene. See more »


Alfred: In all the world, there is no impurity so impure as old age.
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Adagietto From Symphony No.5
Written by Gustav Mahler
Conducted by Franco Mannino
Performed by The Orchestra of the Academy of Saint Cecilia
Courtesy of Varèse Sarabande
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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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