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Story

Luchino Visconti's adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel is the very definition of sumptuous: the costumes and sets, the special geography of Venice, and the breathtaking cinematography combine to form a heady experience. At the center of this gorgeousness is Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde in a meticulous performance), a controlled intellectual who unexpectedly finds himself obsessed by the vision of a 14-year-old boy while on a convalescent vacation in 1911. Visconti has turned Aschenbach into a composer, which accounts for the lush excerpts from Mahler on the soundtrack (Bogarde is meant to look like Mahler, too). Even if it tends to hit the nail on the head a little too forcefully, and even if Visconti can test one's patience with lingering looks at crowds at the beach and hotel dining rooms, Death in Venice creates a lushness rare in movies. For some viewers, that will be enough. --Robert Horton

DVD Features

  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Dirk BogardeGustav von Aschenbach
Romolo ValliHotel manager
Mark BurnsAlfred
Nora RicciGoverness
Marisa BerensonFrau von Aschenbach
Carole AndréEsmeralda
Bjorn AndresenTadzio
Silvana ManganoTadzio's mother
Leslie FrenchTravel Agent
Franco FabriziBarber
Antonio AppicellaVagrant
Sergio GarfagnoliJaschu, Polish youth
Ciro CristofolettiHotel clerk
Luigi BattagliaScapegrace
Dominique DarelEnglish tourist
Masha PreditRussian tourist
Eva AxénTadzio's oldest sister (uncredited)
Marcello Bonini OlasNobleman at hotel party (uncredited)
Bruno BoschettiTrain station employee (uncredited)
Nicoletta ElmiLittle girl at table (uncredited)
Mirella PamphiliHotel guest (uncredited)
Marco TulliMan who faints at station (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Luchino Visconti
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 130 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 17, 1971
    EuropeMar 1, 1971
    JapanOct 23, 1971
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 17, 2004
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