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Death in Venice, CA (1994)

A stressed out writer's getaway is complicated by advances from a lascivious 17-year-old male relative.


P. David Ebersole
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Rafter Nick Rafter ... Mason Carver
Robert Glen Keith ... Sebastian Dickens (as Rob Keith) (as Robert Keith)
Shirley Knight ... Mona Dickens
John Forristal John Forristal ... Silver Toothed Man
Eden King Eden King ... Muscle Beach Gymnast #1, Man at Urinal
Eric Watkins Eric Watkins ... Muscle Beach Gymnast #2
Herb Tannen Herb Tannen ... Man in Gondola
Kent Rodgers Kent Rodgers ... Museum Guard #1
Shawm Brydon Shawm Brydon ... Museum Guard #2
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Man in Museum Couple (as Karl Weidergott)
Tawny Zavad Tawny Zavad ... Woman in Museum Couple
Sandra Ball Sandra Ball ... Mother on Beach 1
Linda Eve Miller Linda Eve Miller ... Mother on Beach 2
Nancy Rommelmann Nancy Rommelmann ... Mother on Beach 3
Tommy Ball Tommy Ball ... Father on Beach


Mason Carver is an academic suffering from stress. His wife arranges for him to spend a summer lodging at the Venice home of one of her relatives, Mona Dickens. Mrs. Dickens has a 17-year old stepson, Sebastian, a muscular, moody, and seductive young man who soon captures Carver's fantasies. Carver wants to resist, but temptation is strong. As Carver tries to summon the resolve to turn away from the boy, and with the rough trade of Venice's beach, board-walks, and public toilets at hand, it becomes clear that Sebastian is playing with fire, too. Is there a way out for Carver that also helps Sebastian find a safe passage to adulthood? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Short


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Mason Carver: Where is Mr. Dickens, if you don't mind my asking?
Mona Dickens: One of two places, depending on how his judgement day reckoned.
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References Death in Venice (1971) See more »

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22 March 2019 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

...a dangerous one. A stressed middle age man. A sensual teenager. A murder. And large influences from "The death at Venice" by Thomas Mann and Luchino Visconti . Beautiful cinematography, wise use of clash between new Zeus and Ganymedes. and delicate way to translate in image the bitter air of a profound drama. Short- more than a beautiful short film.

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October 1994 (USA) See more »

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Kuolema Venicen rannalla See more »

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