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
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The celebrated story of a man obsessed with ideal beauty.
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based his appearance on that of the distinguished composer/conductor Gustav Mahler
, whose Fifth and Third Symphonies were adapted as background music for the film. See more
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
Gustav von Aschenbach
You know sometimes I think that artists are rather like hunters aiming in the dark. They don't know what their target is, and they don't know if they've hit it. But you can't expect life to illuminate the target and steady your aim. The creation of beauty and purity is a spiritual act.
No Gustav, no. Beauty belongs to the senses. Only to the senses.
Featured in L'emprise du carnavalesque
/Merry Widow Waltz (uncredited)
Written by Franz Lehár
Scene before dinner; von Aschenbach sees Tadzio for the first time See more