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.
Did You Know?
The wage difference between main and co-star was vast, while Bjorn Andresen earned just $5000, Dirk Bogarde's salary for his role was one hundred times that. 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
Do you know what lies at the bottom of the mainstream? Mediocrity.
Referenced in Cracker: Best Boys: Part 1
Sehr Langsam Misterioso From Symphony No.3
Written by Gustav Mahler
Conducted by Franco Mannino
Performed by Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
(as The Orchestra of the Academy of Saint Cecilia)
Courtesy of Varèse Sarabande See more