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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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Mark Burns ...
Alfred
Nora Ricci ...
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Frau von Aschenbach
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Esmeralda
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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English language film produced by Warner Bros., who supplied $1, 600,000 of the film's budget. The rest of the financing came from French company P.E.C.F. The other production company was Mario Gallo's Alfa Cinematografica (Italy). See more »

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

Quotes

Travel Agent: Week by week there are more deaths. It's quite impossible to count the number of the dead.
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Für Elise
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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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