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?
The wage difference between main and co-star was vast, while Bjorn Andresen earned just $5000, Dirk Bogarde's salary for his role was one hundred times that.
According to Snakes and Ladders(1978) by Dirk Bogarde, the actor agreed to accept $40,000--00 for 5 months work. He was also to receive a large percentage of the film. As of the time of writing of Snakes and Ladders he had not received a cent. 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
Gustav von Aschenbach
I remember we had one of these in my father's house. The aperture through which the sand runs is so tiny that... that first it seems as if the level in the upper glass never changes. To our eyes it appears that the sand runs out only... only at the end... and until it does, it's not worth thinking about... 'til the last moment... when there's no more time left to think about it.
Written by Modest Mussorgsky
Performed by Masha Predit See more