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Death in Venice (1971)

Morte a Venezia (original title)
GP | | Drama | 5 March 1971 (Italy)
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While recovering in Venice, sickly Composer Gustav von Aschenbach becomes dangerously fixated with teenager Tadzio.

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Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Thomas Mann (novel), Luchino Visconti (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Gustav von Aschenbach
Romolo Valli ... Hotel Manager
Mark Burns ... Alfred
Nora Ricci ... Tadzio's Governess
Marisa Berenson ... Frau von Aschenbach
Carole André ... Esmeralda - Brothel Prostitute
Björn Andrésen Björn Andrésen ... Tadzio (as Björn Andresen)
Silvana Mangano ... Tadzio's Mother
Leslie French Leslie French ... Travel Agent
Franco Fabrizi ... Barber
Antonio Appicella Antonio Appicella ... Vagrant
Sergio Garfagnoli Sergio Garfagnoli ... Jaschu - Polish Youth
Ciro Cristofoletti Ciro Cristofoletti ... Hotel Clerk
Luigi Battaglia Luigi Battaglia ... Scapegrace
Dominique Darel ... English Tourist
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Storyline

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. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@ccmail.chin.doc.ca>

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The celebrated story of a man obsessed with ideal beauty.

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Italy | France

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Release Date:

5 March 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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$5,558
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Sensitive as well as thoughtful flick about a composer and his quest for beauty and splendor
3 April 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is an adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel , avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (Dick Bogarde) , loosely based on Gustav Mahler character , being well portrayed in this brooding as well as slow-moving classic movie . The celebrated story of a man obsessed with ideal beauty written by prestigious Thomas Mann is magnificently brought to the screen , concerning about desire , homosexuality , children lost , plagues and adult situations throughout .

Thought-provoking character studio of a reputed artist , his mishaps , digresses , loves his homosexuality and continuous search for beauty and perfection . this is the second part of Luchino Visconti's German Trilogy also including The damned (1969) and Ludwig (1972). It deals with Gustav Mahler lookalike whom Dick Bogarde is made up to resemblance . However , the film results to be overlong , it seems longer than its 130 minutes running time . Colorful as well as visually absorbing cinematography in Panavision by Pascualino de Santis . Impressive and immortal musical score by Mahler , in fact his Third and Fifth Symphonies were adapted as background music for the film ; being excellently conducted by orchestra director Fanco Mannino.

This studied as well as slow motion picture was masterfully directed by Luchino Visconti . Visconti was a director and writer, considered to be one of the best Italian filmmakers . At the beginning his career he developed the movement of "Italian neo-realism" together with other directors such as Vittorio De Sica or Roberto Rossellini in the 1940s and 1950s such as ¨Bellissima¨ (1952) , ¨La Terra Trema¨(1948) , and ¨Ossessione¨ (1943) was based on James M. Cain's 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' . Luchino is especially known for Rocco and brothers (1960), "Il Gattopardo" or "The Leopard" (1963) , ¨The damned¨ (1969) , ¨Ludwig¨(1972) , "The Innocent" (1976) and , of course , this Death in Venice (1971). His sense of visual style was equally impressive in his film work, never better demonstrated than through his masterpiece Senso (1954).


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