In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde Composer Gustav von Aschenbach (Sir Dirk Bogarde) 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 (Björn Andrésen), 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.
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The celebrated story of a man obsessed with ideal beauty.
Did You Know?
English language movie produced by Warner Brothers, who supplied one million six hundred thousand dollars of the budget. The rest of the financing came from French company P.E.C.F. The other production company was Mario Gallo's Alfa Cinematografica from Italy. See more
The size and shape of von Aschenbach's rose buttonhole changes multiple times during the final beach scene. See more
Well, people all know, of course, they are terrified. But, they're silent. And do you know why? Summer! Tourists! The whole business of Venice is tourists. Can you imagine Venice without tourists? Well, it would be more desolate than in the winter.
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Adagietto from Symphony No.5
Written by Gustav Mahler
Conducted by Franco Mannino
Performed by Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
(as The Orchestra of the Academy of Saint Cecilia)
Courtesy of Varèse Sarabande See more