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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Jose Ferrer was preparing a version in 1964, but it fell through. 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
Week by week there are more deaths. It's quite impossible to count the number of the dead.
Featured in L'emprise du carnavalesque
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Claudio Gizzi See more