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Death in Venice (1971, Dirk Bogarde, Marisa Berenson)



In Luchino Visconti film Death in Venice, based on the novella by Thomas Mann, composer Gustav von Aschenbach, travels to Venice for health reasons. There, he becomes obsessed with the stunning beauty of an adolescent Polish boy named Tadzio who is staying with his family at the same Grand Hôtel des Bains on the Lido as Aschenbach.

David Wilson, speaking in the Monthly Film Bulletin remarked.. ‘Maybe a story as elusive as Death in Venice simply can’t be filmed. Visconti has made a brave attempt, always sensitive to the original; but it’s finally not quite the same thing.’

production details
Italy – France | Warner – Alfa | 130 minutes | 1971

Writers: Luchino Visconti, Nicola Bandalucco
Novel: Thomas Mann
Director: Luchino Visconti
Director of Photography: Pasquale de Santis
Music: Gustav Mahler

Dirk Bogarde as Gustav von Aschenbach
Mark Burns as Alfred
Romolo Valli as Hotel Manager
Marisa Berenson as Aschenbach’s Wife
Björn Andrésen as Tadzio
Silvana Mangano as Tadzio’s Mother
Nora Ricci as Governess
Carole André as Esmeralda
Leslie French as Travel Agent
Franco Fabrizi as Barber
Eva Axén as Tadzio’s Oldest Sister