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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)
Luchino Visconti (screenplay) ...
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(63 articles)
Venice Primer – For Me, At Least
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Kasander, Greenaway unveil projects
 (From ScreenDaily. 15 May 2014, 12:38 AM, PDT)

Kasander, Greenaway unveil new projects
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User Reviews:
A visionary masterpiece (but not for those with short attention spans)! See more (102 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)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:S | France:Unrated | Ireland:15 | 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:
Tom Courtenay said at the premiere that he felt Alec Guinness should have played Aschenbach, because then the audience would have believed that he was the great composer - "with Dirk, you never felt he was."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Alfred:Truth? Justice? Human dignity? What good are they?See more »
Soundtrack:
Sehr Langsam Misterioso From Symphony No.3See more »

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37 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A visionary masterpiece (but not for those with short attention spans)!, 13 April 1999
Author: Zen Bones from USA

Turn-of-the-century Venice is depicted in all its elegance and decay through the eyes of a composer who knows he has little time left to live. The composer is obsessed not just with beauty, but with the ideas behind beauty, and his theories are slowly proved wrong when he finds himself infatuated with a beautiful teenage boy. He becomes obsessed with the boy and amidst the backdrop of a city quietly dying with a plague, he simply observes and ponders, trying his best to keep his desires at bay.

The core of the film is in Dirk Bogarde's performance. As there is little dialogue in the film, he must act with his eyes and through his mannerisms, and he never falters. In the reflection of his eyes we see beauty as it is distinguished in the depths of all of our souls (well, those of us who have souls!). We see the awe, the pain, the fever, the fear, the desire and the ultimate surrender all in that forlorn face.

The music (most of it by Gustave Mahler) also reflects all this, and Visconti's incredible photography of the decaying Venice pinpoints the end of an era in a way that is both dreamlike and unsentimental (despite the romantic quality of the film).

The film is slow and langorous, like the hush of the ocean sweeping the shore. For those who like the visual quality of dreams and the somber romanticism of adagios, this film will be something to cherish forever.

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