Death in Venice

Death in Venice

Director: Luchino Visconti Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Bjorn Andresen, Silvana Mangano

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Based on a novel by Thomas Mann, Death in Venice stars Dirk Bogarde as a German composer who is terrified that he has lost all vestiges of humanity. While visiting Venice, Bogarde falls in love with a beautiful young boy (Bjorn Andresen). The relationship is ruined by Bogarde's obsession with the boy's youth and physical perfection; the composer realizes that the child represents an ideal that he can never match. The character played by Dirk Bogarde is evidently intended to be Gustav Mahler, whose haunting music is featured on the film's soundtrack.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2019
UPC: 0715515226516
Original Release: 1971
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:11:00
Sales rank: 13,021

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Luchino Visconti: Life as in a Novel, a 2008 documentary about the director, featuring Visconti, actors Burt Lancaster, Silvana Mangano, and Marcello Mastroianni; filmmakers Francesco Rosi and Franco Zeffirelli; Alla ricerca di Tadzio, a 1970 short film by Visconti about his efforts to cast the role of Tadzio; New program featuring literature and cinema scholar Stefano Albertini; Interview from 2006 with Costume Designer Piero Tosi; Excerpt from a 1990 program about the music in Visconti's films, featuring Bogardo and actor Marisa Berenson; Interview with Visconti from 1971; Visconti's Venice, a short 1970 behind-the-scenes documentary featuring Visconti and Bogarde; Trailer; Plus: An essay by critic Dennis Lim

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Gustav Von Aschenbach
Bjorn Andresen Tadzio
Silvana Mangano Tadzio's Mother
Marisa Berenson Frau Von Aschenbach
Mark Burns Alfred
Dominique Darel English Tourist
Sergio Garafanolo Polish Young Man
Romolo Valli Hotel manager
Nora Ricci Governess
Carole Andre Esmeralda
Leslie French Travel Agent
Franco Fabrizi Barber
Ciro Cristofoletti Hotel clerk
Luigi Battaglia Scapegrace
Masha Predit Singer

Technical Credits
Luchino Visconti Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Nedo Azzini Set Decoration/Design
Niccola Badalucco Screenwriter
Pasqualino De Santis Cinematographer
Mario de Silvio Makeup
Robert Gordon Edwards Executive Producer
Mauro Gavazzi Makeup
Franco Mannino Score Composer
Ruggero Mastroianni Editor
Giuseppe Muratori Sound/Sound Designer
Goffredo Rocchetti Makeup
Ferdinando Scarfiotti Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Piero Tosi Costumes/Costume Designer

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Death in Venice 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Visconti's interpretation of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice is a triumphant masterpiece spot-lighting the intellectual pursuit of beauty through the metaphor of an older man admiring a young man. To the base, some will say this is a piece of homoerotic literature better written for a sophiscated wit, while to the cultivated mind, it celebrates the love of purity, chase and innocence. Aschenbach's admiration for Tadziu is as old as Civilization and new as next fall fashion. For beauty is an event prefixed upon rising above the senses in which true appreciation can be attained. The movie remains worthy of its accolades.