Death in Venice ()

Morte a Venezia (original title)
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While recovering in Venice, sickly Composer Gustav von Aschenbach becomes dangerously fixated with teenager Tadzio.

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Gustav von Aschenbach
Hotel Manager
Tadzio's Governess
Frau von Aschenbach
Esmeralda - Brothel Prostitute
Björn Andrésen ...
Tadzio (as Björn Andresen)
Tadzio's Mother
Leslie French ...
Travel Agent
Antonio Appicella ...
Sergio Garfagnoli ...
Jaschu - Polish Youth
Ciro Cristofoletti ...
Hotel Clerk
Luigi Battaglia ...
English Tourist
Masha Predit ...
Russian Tourist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva Axén ...
Tadzio's Oldest Sister (uncredited)
Marcello Bonini Olas ...
Nobleman at Hotel Party (uncredited)
Bruno Boschetti ...
Train Station Employee (uncredited)
Little Girl at Table (uncredited)
John Fordyce ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Karl Menzel ...
Young Blond Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Marco Tulli ...
Man Fainting at Station (uncredited)

Directed by

Luchino Visconti

Written by

Thomas Mann ... (novel)
Luchino Visconti ... (screenplay) &
Nicola Badalucco ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Robert Gordon Edwards ... associate executive producer
Mario Gallo ... executive producer
Luchino Visconti ... producer

Cinematography by

Pasqualino De Santis ... director of photography (as Pasquale De Santis)

Film Editing by

Ruggero Mastroianni

Editorial Department

Loredana Cruciani ... assistant editor
Mario D'Ambrosio ... assistant editor
Lea Mazzocchi ... assistant editor

Art Direction by

Ferdinando Scarfiotti

Costume Design by

Piero Tosi

Makeup Department

Maria Teresa Corridoni ... hair stylist: Miss Mangano
Gilda De Guilmi ... hair stylist
Mario Di Salvio ... makeup artist
Mauro Gavazzi ... makeup artist
Goffredo Rocchetti ... makeup artist: Miss Mangano
Luciano Vito ... hair stylist

Production Management

Anna Davini ... production manager
Dino Di Dionisio ... assistant production manager
Alfredo Di Santo ... assistant production manager
Egidio Quarantotto ... production supervisor
Annie Rozier ... assistant production manager
Umberto Sambuco ... assistant production manager
Bruno Sassaroli ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Albino Cocco ... assistant director
Paolo Pietrangeli ... second assistant director

Art Department

Nedo Azzini ... set dresser
Gianfranco De Dominicis ... assistant set dresser
Osvaldo Desideri ... assistant set dresser

Sound Department

Renato Cadueri ... sound mixer
Giuseppe Muratori ... sound
Vittorio Trentino ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

Mario Cimini ... first assistant camera
Gastone Colantoni ... gaffer
Aldo Colanzi ... key grip
Nino Cristiani ... first assistant camera (as Michele Cristiani)
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci ... second assistant camera (as Giovanni Fiore)
Roberto Gengarelli ... second assistant camera
Luciano Leoni ... gaffer
Marcello Mastrogirolamo ... second assistant camera (as Marcello Mastrogirolomi)
Mario Tursi ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Maria Fanetti ... wardrobe
Paolo Luciani ... wardrobe
Gabriella Pescucci ... assistant costume designer
Sara Santarelli ... wardrobe

Music Department

Gustav Mahler ... stock music
Franco Mannino ... conductor: National Academy Orchestra of Santa Cecilia
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia ... orchestra (as National Academy Orchestra of Santa Cecilia)
Roger Webb ... lyrics

Other crew

Rometta Pietrostefani ... script supervisor
Massimo Foschi ... voice dubbing: Dirk Bogarde (uncredited)
Giancarlo Giannini ... voice dubbing: Mark Burns (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Mort à Venise (France)
  • Death in Venice (United States)
  • Death in Venice (Ireland, English title)
  • Death in Venice (World-wide, English title)
  • Death in Venice (Canada, English title)
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  • 130 min
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Trivia As preparation for the role of Tadzio, Writer, Producer, and Director Luchino Visconti took Björn Andrésen to gay clubs in order to experience mannerisms and reactions from gay men since he was about to play the object of desire of another man. Of this experience, Andrésen said: "I was just sixteen and Visconti and the team took me to a gay nightclub. Almost all of the crew were gay. The waiters at the club made me feel very uncomfortable. They looked at me uncompromisingly as if I was a nice meaty dish. I knew I couldn't react. It would have been social suicide. But it was the first of many such encounters." At the time filming commenced on this movie, Björn Andrésen was fifteen years and two months old. When filming finished on August 2, 1970 at a plum orchard at Bolzano, he was fifteen years and six months old. He turned sixteen on January 26, 1971, which was six months after filming had finished, so the visits to the gay clubs when he was sixteen-years-old could not be in contemplation of preparing for his role in this movie, since filming was already completed at that stage. See more »
Goofs As Aschenbach watches the departing Tadzio just after he twirls on the canopy posts, two young boys are walking hand in hand toward the camera. In the next shot, only one of the boys is seen walking in front of Aschenbach. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Homo Promo (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Sehr Langsam Misterioso from Symphony No.3 See more »
Quotes Alfred: Do you know what lies at the bottom of the mainstream? Mediocrity.
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