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?
based his appearance on that of the distinguished composer/conductor Gustav Mahler
, whose Fifth and Third Symphonies were adapted as background music for the film.
In Snakes and Ladders(1978) by Dirk Bogarde it is stated that originally the Producer, Luchino Visconti wanted Dirk to wear a false nose to make him look more like Mahler. This prove impossible to wear as it kept falling off and prevented him from making normal facial movements. It was then decided he should wear a moustache and prince-nez glasses so he ended up looking more like Thomas Mann than Gustav Mahler. See more
(at around 1h 13 mins) Tadzio plays Beethoven's "Für Elise" in the hotel lounge but his fingers are in the very top range of the piano, some two or three octaves higher than the sound we actually hear. See more
In all the world, there is no impurity so impure as old age.
Spoofed in Mahler
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