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Death in Venice -- Abroad on holiday, composer Gustav Aschenbach is reserved and civilized.But when he glimpses someone who inspires him to giveway to a secretpassion, it foreshadows his doom.
Death in Venice -- 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...


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Release Date:
5 March 1971 (Italy) See more »
The celebrated story of a man obsessed with ideal beauty.
In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dirk Bogarde ... Gustav von Aschenbach
Romolo Valli ... Hotel manager
Mark Burns ... Alfred
Nora Ricci ... Governess

Marisa Berenson ... Frau von Aschenbach

Carole André ... Esmeralda (as Carole Andre)
Björn Andrésen ... Tadzio (as Björn Andresen)

Silvana Mangano ... Tadzio's mother
Leslie French ... Travel Agent

Franco Fabrizi ... Barber
Antonio Appicella ... Vagrant
Sergio Garfagnoli ... Jaschu, Polish youth
Ciro Cristofoletti ... Hotel clerk
Luigi Battaglia ... Scapegrace
Dominique Darel ... English tourist
Masha Predit ... Russian tourist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva Axén ... Tadzio's oldest sister (uncredited)
Marcello Bonini Olas ... Nobleman at hotel party (uncredited)
Bruno Boschetti ... Train station employee (uncredited)
Nicoletta Elmi ... Little girl at table (uncredited)
Mirella Pamphili ... Hotel guest (uncredited)
Marco Tulli ... Man who faints at station (uncredited)

Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
Writing credits
Thomas Mann (novel)

Luchino Visconti (screenplay) &
Nicola Badalucco (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Gordon Edwards .... associate executive producer
Mario Gallo .... executive producer
Luchino Visconti .... producer
Original Music by
Gustav Mahler 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis (director of photography) (as Pasquale De Santis)
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
Art Direction by
Ferdinando Scarfiotti 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... hair stylist: Miss Mangano
Gilda De Guilmi .... hair stylist
Mario Di Salvio .... makeup artist
Mauro Gavazzi .... makeup artist
Goffredo Rocchetti .... makeup artist: Miss Mangano
Luciano Vito .... hair stylist
Production Management
Anna Davini .... production manager
Dino Di Dionisio .... assistant production manager
Alfredo Di Santo .... assistant production manager
Egidio Quarantotto .... production supervisor
Annie Rozier .... assistant production manager
Umberto Sambuco .... assistant production manager
Bruno Sassaroli .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albino Cocco .... assistant director
Paolo Pietrangeli .... second assistant director
Art Department
Nedo Azzini .... set dresser
Gianfranco De Dominicis .... assistant set dresser
Osvaldo Desideri .... assistant set dresser
Sound Department
Renato Cadueri .... sound mixer
Giuseppe Muratori .... sound
Vittorio Trentino .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Cimini .... first assistant camera
Gastone Colantoni .... gaffer
Aldo Colanzi .... key grip
Nino Cristiani .... first assistant camera (as Michele Cristiani)
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... second assistant camera (as Giovanni Fiore)
Roberto Gengarelli .... second assistant camera
Luciano Leoni .... gaffer
Marcello Mastrogirolamo .... second assistant camera (as Marcello Mastrogirolomi)
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Fanetti .... wardrobe
Paolo Luciani .... wardrobe
Gabriella Pescucci .... assistant costume designer
Sara Santarelli .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Loredana Cruciani .... assistant editor
Mario D'Ambrosio .... assistant editor
Lea Mazzocchi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Franco Mannino .... conductor: National Academy Orchestra of Santa Cecilia
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia .... orchestra (as National Academy Orchestra of Santa Cecilia)
Roger Webb .... lyrics
Other crew
Rometta Pietrostefani .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Morte a Venezia" - Italy (original title)
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130 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:S | France:Unrated | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/18 (original rating) (censored) | Portugal:M/12 (re-rating) | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2004) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2002) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

In the Thomas Mann novella Aschenbach is an author, not a composer.See more »
Anachronisms: TV aerials clearly visible on Venetian rooftops in one scene.See more »
Gustav von Aschenbach:You cannot reach the spirit with the senses. You cannot. It's only by complete domination of the senses that you can ever achieve wisdom, truth, and human dignity.See more »
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Unforgettable romantic drama, 18 May 2004
Author: raymond-15 from Australia

Set in Venice mainly on the Lido, Visconti's "Death in Venice" is a triumph of filmmaking combining the excellence of Dirk Bogarde's characterisation and expert photography of the resort area in all its various daily moods. For those who love Venice, this is a film to cherish.

Mahler's music frequently heard throughout the film heightens the drama. The mood it creates is not always happy. But then what else would you expect with a title like that?

There is not a lot of dialogue in the film. Rather sparse in fact. It's mainly background noises and chatter and laughter among the hotel guests. The intriguing part is to interpret the exchange of glances between Gustav von Aschenbach a composer of some renown and a slim teenage youth Tadzio who see each other from time to time across the tables of the hotel dining room, on the beach and at odd unexpected places around Venice. They seem to acknowledge each other's presence shyly at first with little more than the suggestion of a smile but later with a strong and riveting and urgent gaze.

Each viewer will have his own interpretation. The composer has lost a child of his own. Is this behaviour an expression of yearning for the child he loved? Is it perhaps a sexual attraction towards this fragile young man with his dazed somewhat girlish stare? Could he be discovering some new inspiration for a yet unwritten musical masterpiece? Who knows?

From beginning to end this film captures the true spirit of 19th Century Venice. The elegance of the ladies, the deck chairs on the sand, the children frolicking in their neck-to-knee bathing costumes, the glow of sunsets and a general feeling of satisfaction with the world. While some may think the pace is rather slow at times, the film has an overall gentle quality, but with a simmering indecision between two repressed human beings. Be prepared for a sad and beautiful ending.

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