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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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Director:
Writers:
Thomas Mann (novel)
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Release Date:
5 March 1971 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
The celebrated story of a man obsessed with ideal beauty.
Plot:
In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The best possible film of Mann's novella. See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (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 .... chief 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 .... chief 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)
 
Other crew
Rometta Pietrostefani .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Morte a Venezia" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
130 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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?

Trivia:
Björn Andrésenis dubbed, since the Swedish actor was playing a Polish character.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just before leaving his hotel room for the first time, Aschenbach puts a handkerchief ("pochet") in the pocket of his costume. Arriving downstairs, the handkerchief is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Alfred:Do you know what lies at the bottom of the mainstream? Mediocrity.See more »
Soundtrack:
Adagietto From Symphony No.5See more »

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71 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
The best possible film of Mann's novella., 7 June 2004
Author: Gerald A. DeLuca (italiangerry@gmail.com) from United States

Luchino Visconti's "Death in Venice" is a masterpiece of utterly haunting beauty that will capture the imagination of anyone interested in the screen's capacity for breathtaking images. It is a poignant tragedy based on Thomas Mann's classic novella of the same name. Visconti has captured many of the essential qualities of the book and employed a superb visual style (with the assistance of the great cinematographer Pasqualino DeSantis) for a story which is essentially an interior one. It is about the struggle within the soul of a man, Gustav von Aschenbach, a composer vacationing in the Venice of 1911.

In Mann's book Aschenbach was a writer, but Visconti asserted that the book had been inspired by events in the life of Gustav Mahler, whose music, mostly the haunting adagietto of his Fifth Symphony, is used as background (and foreground) music, helping create an almost tactile mood of melancholy.

Dirk Bogarde plays Aschenbach, a man possessed by feelings of failure, haunted by the grief he and his wife (Marisa Berensen) shared over the death of their daughter. He is a man on the precipice of emotional collapse who finds both redemption and destruction in the contemplation of beauty. "The creation of beauty and purity is a spiritual act." God and composers are alike.

In this film beauty becomes incarnate in the form of a young Polish boy vacationing at the same hotel, the Hotel des Bains on the Lido. The boy's stately mother is played by Silvana Mangano. The long-haired blond boy is Tadziu, aged 14, played by the Swedish Bjørn Andresen. Andresen is smitten by, then obsessed with, the boy's beauty, in a manner that is more spiritual than sexual, but which must also contain a good deal of sublimated sexual longing.

At first he merely steals opportunities to look at the lad. They never speak. Gradually he starts to seek him out, self-destructively spurred-on by the boy's coquettishness and knowing glances. Bogarde makes the character's longing as tangibly moving as it is ultimately pathetic.

All this takes place in a misty Venice dense with metaphorical gloom and a mysterious plague (cholera) carrying death to its inhabitants. In one horrifying scene a barber "re-makes" Aschenbach's face so that it is both a grotesque parody of youth and an ominous death mask.

Visconti's skill in recreating lush period detail, to paint family-album poses of aristocracy, to make beauty seem dangerous, to underline the complexity of human psychology, are all in evidence here. The color photography by Pasqualino De Santis, and the costumes by Piero Tosi are excellent.

The ending of the film is unforgettable: Gustav languishing on the beach, the Polish folk song in the background, the boy Tadziu in the water turning into an angelic apparition with extended hand. Overwhelming!

I cannot imagine a better film ever being made of Mann's great and essential work.

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