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Death in Venice (1971)

Morte a Venezia (original title)
GP | | Drama | 5 March 1971 (Italy)
While recovering in Venice, a sickly composer becomes dangerously fixated with a teenage boy.

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Mark Burns ...
Alfred
Nora Ricci ...
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Frau von Aschenbach
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Esmeralda - Brothel Prostitute
Björn Andrésen ...
Tadzio (as Björn Andresen)
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Leslie French ...
Travel Agent
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Antonio Appicella ...
Vagrant
Sergio Garfagnoli ...
Jaschu - Polish Youth
Ciro Cristofoletti ...
Luigi Battaglia ...
Scapegrace
Dominique Darel ...
English Tourist
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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. 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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Björn Andrésen is dubbed, since the Swedish actor was playing a Polish character. See more »

Goofs

Just before leaving his hotel room for the first time, Aschenbach puts a handkerchief ("pochet") in the pocket of his costume. Arriving downstairs, the handkerchief is gone. See more »

Quotes

Alfred: Do you know what lies at the bottom of the mainstream? Mediocrity.
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Referenced in Alla ricerca di Tadzio (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Lippen schweigen
/Merry Widow Waltz (uncredited)
Written by Franz Lehár
Scene before dinner; von Aschenbach sees Tadzio for the first time
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More and more beautiful as the years pass by
29 October 2004 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

"Slow", "slow", "slow"... I read many people complain "it's slow"... slow what? This movie takes its time. All the most beautiful things in life take time. When you make sex with your girlfriend would you try to make it last five minutes? No you would like to make it last the whole night. When you eat good food in a good restaurant would you like to finish it in two minutes? No, you sit down, enjoy the place, the food, the company and the wine. When you visit an art museum, would you rush through the rooms? No, you would move slowly, pay attention, and stop at the artworks that mean more to you. So why should a movie be different?

If you want speed, then eat at McDonald's, rush in the tube, watch TV commercials, and pay a prostitute for a 5 minute work.

If you are looking for real emotions, deep feelings and thoughts that will last in your memory and heart for a long time, then you don't want to miss this movie.

One caveat: don't go watching it for the gay theme. This movie isn't about gay love, if you look at it through this point of view, it will let you down completely. This movie is symbolism from beginning to end, it does not speak of what you see. It speaks of the struggle of the artist to reach the beauty, so close, always unreachable, and, like another reader perfectly commented, so inevitably connected with death, because the only perfection that a living being can ever attain, is in the death. If you look at the movie from this point of view, it will show to you for what it is: a complete masterpiece, from beginning to end.


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