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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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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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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
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Morte a Venezia" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
130 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.40 : 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)

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Trivia:
Although mainly filmed on location in Venice, part of the interior of St Marks in Venice had to be reconstructed at Cinecitta Studios. The exteriors were used during filming.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:
Gustav von Aschenbach:Venice is gripped by pestilence!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Flushed Away (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lippen schweigenSee more »

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16 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
ignores important aspects of the novella, 11 June 2004
Author: msultan from uiuc

I'm not sure where to start with this. In short, it was a disappointing movie. Having taught the novella, I was aware that it would be a hard story to turn into a movie. The movie has a couple of interesting lines (mainly between Alfred and Aschenbach) but it doesn't represent the debate on art that basically shapes the novella.

For one, I was expecting an older Aschenbach and a younger Tadzio. In the book, Tadzio is fourteen, but he is described as pure, ideal, innocent, whereas in the movie he reeks of sexuality and is a tease. He is an accomplice to Aschenbach, he always looks back at him, almost provokingly. In the book, it is Aschenbach who steals glances at the boy. As for Aschenbach, I imagined something closer to the professor-turned-clown in The Blue Angel (based on a story by Thomas Mann's brother Heinrich) than this forty-year old with hardly any gray hair. In all fairness, I do think that Dirk Bogarde did a good job, but either someone else should have done that, or he should have made to look older at the beginning.

I know that the discovery of homosexuality is important to the story, but the movie minimizes the talk about art and the duality between the Apollonian and Dyonisian inspirations and focuses instead on Aschenbach's obsession of Tadzio and does not justify it. I liked the fact that Mahler's music was used, because ultimately he did inspire Mann to write his story. I'm not sure turning Aschenbach into a musician was a particularly good move. Or the creation of Alfred who I don't remember in the book.

And one thing that really got to me was the sound and how it did not match the actors' lips. I was wondering if it was dubbed because I expected it to be in Italian. But then I remembered that each Italian movie I have watched has this problem. It just bothers me because these directors (Fellini is the other person I'm thinking of) are supposed to epitomize perfection in Italian cinema, and here are their characters laughing without sound, then you hear a noise that doesn't correspond to their faces (I'm thinking of the scenes when Aschenbach almost collapses and starts laughing. This scene could/should have been the strongest, but it was annoying instead).

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