Death In Venice (Widescreen)
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- A Tour Of Venice Stills Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 17, 2004
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Mono - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: "Behind-the-Scenes"
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Photo Galleries
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Dirk Bogarde, Mark Burns & Silvana Mangano|
|Performer:||Luigi Battaglia, Dominique Darel, Carole Andre, Marisa Berenson, Franco Fabrizi, Mireilla Pompili, Romolo Valli, Leslie French, Bjorn Andresen, Ciro Cristofoletti, Bruno Baschetti, Masha Predit, Nora Ricci, Sergio Garfagnoli, Mark Burns & Silvana Mangano|
|Directed by||Luchino Visconti|
|Edited by||Ruggero Mastroianni|
|Screenwriting by||Luchino Visconti & Nicola Badalucco|
|Composition by||Gustav Mahler|
|Story by||Thomas Mann|
|Produced by||Luchino Visconti|
|Director of Photography:||Pasqualino De Santis|
"...Visconti and cinematographer Pasquale De Santis impressively recreate an overcast, fin-de-siecle Venice..."
"[A] visually ornate adaptation of Thomas Mann's novella of obsession and mortal rot….Beautiful, stately..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Abroad on a rest holiday, composer Gustav Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde) is to all the world reserved and civilized. But when he glimpses someone who inspires him to give way to a secret passion, it foreshadows his doom.
Director Luchino Visconti (Rocco And His Brothers, The Damned) transforms Thomas Mann's classic novel into "a masterwork of power and beauty" (William Wolf, Cue). Like Aschenbach, Visconti is an artist obsessed: his movies are awash in mood, period detail and seething emotions behind placid surfaces. Earning its maker a Cannes Film Festival Special 25th Anniversary Prize, Death In Venice - with a soundtrack feast of Gustav Mahler music and a haunting Bogarde performance - is Visconti at his best.
his deliberate, masterly work in films that delved deeply into a significant historical era or figure.
The story follows the sickly composer, Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde), who arrives in Venice by steamboat from Munich. He is deeply distracted, nervous, uncomfortable, and conflicted. Nonetheless, he settles into a breathtaking seaside resort, where he fixates on Tadzio (Bjorn Andresen), an angelic blond Polish boy who is there with his family. While flashbacks to happy times spent with his wife and small daughter fill in some of the blanks of Aschenbach's personal past, others recall his harsh and competitive friend, Alfred (Mark Burns), who criticized Aschenbach's
music for being too technically perfect and thus lacking in beauty and passion.
Via these glimpses into the past, we see that Aschenbach feels defeated in both his personal and his professional lives.
The film uses very little dialogue, relying largely on the characters' facial expressions to communicate the protagonist's tortured psyche, young Tadzio's curious vanity, and the pretentious airs of the bourgeois women who parade the Venetian beaches in taffeta, bonnets, and parasols. As Aschenbach's infatuation with Tadzio grows beyond his control, he learns that "Venice is gripped by pestilence" (as narrated in Mann's novel) and the city is being sequestered to prevent the spread of a cholera outbreak.
With slow and concentrated pacing, some hauntingly surreal scenes, and a color scheme consisting of bold blacks and stark whites that are a constant reminder of the inevitable, DEATH IN VENICE captures the poignancy of Mann's novel with a sharp, sinister, and unwavering accuracy.
- Theatrical release: June 17, 1971
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
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