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. But he finds no peace there, for he soon develops a troubling attraction to an adolescent boy, Tadzio, 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?
Although it is never mentioned in the film, Aschenbach was Jewish. See more
The prostitute peers out from the piano towards von Aschenbach on her left, but then she is shown sitting facing him on her right. See more
You have achieved perfect balance: the man and the artist are one. They have touched bottom together.
Referenced in TV Offal: Episode #1.2
Sehr Langsam Misterioso from Symphony No.3
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