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.
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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
When Aschenbach first asks the hotel manager about the situation in Venice, the manager finishes by saying, "There's nothing to worry about." His glasses are on his face. The scene cuts to a different angle, and the manager repeats, "Nothing to worry about", but he's holding his glasses in his hands. See more
Do you know what lies at the bottom of the mainstream? Mediocrity.
Referenced in Hustler White
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Claudio Gizzi See more