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DEATH IN VENICE

DEATH IN VENICE

Luchino Visconti · Italy · 1971 · 131 mins · PG
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Based on the novella by Thomas Mann, this late-career masterpiece from Luchino Visconti is a meditation on the nature of art, the allure of beauty, and the inescapability of death. A fastidious composer reeling from a disastrous concert, Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde, in an exquisitely nuanced performance) travels to Venice to recover. There, he is struck by a vision of pure beauty in the form of a boy named Tadzio (Björn Andrésen), his infatuation developing into an obsession even as rumors of a plague spread through the city. Setting Mann’s story of queer desire and bodily decay against the sublime music of Gustav Mahler, “Death in Venice” is one of cinema’s most exalted literary adaptations, as sensually rich as it is allegorically resonant. --Criterion Collection
“A SUMPTUOUS FEAST FOR THE SENSES” –Cinemania Must be seen in its widescreen splendor on the big screen!
"A sumptuous visual feast, a well-told tale of a tortured artist's sturm und drung." Apollo Guide
"The film's strengths are also paradoxically tied up in its helmer's unwavering eye for detail." Film Frenzy
Cast Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns
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