Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Death in Venice



1971 Italian/French Feature
Alternate Title: Morte a Venezia

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Silvana Mangano, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Marisa Berenson and Björn Andrésen
Director: Luchino Visconti
Writers: Luchino Visconti and Nicola Badalucco, based on the novella Der Tod in Venedig by Thomas Mann

Synopsis:
An aging composer travels to Venice for health reasons, where he becomes obsessed with the stunning beauty of an adolescent boy.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 76% / Audience: 82%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design and Soundtrack; also nominated for Best Film, Director and Actor (Bogarde).
  • Cannes Film Festival 25th Anniversary Prize.
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Director.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Burt Lancaster.
  • Dirk Bogarde based his appearance on that of the distinguished composer/conductor Gustav Mahler, whose Fifth and Third Symphonies were adapted as background music for the film.
  • Acclaimed classical composer Benjamin Britten's opera version of Death in Venice has been filmed three times for television: in 1981, 1990 and 2010.

Related Movies:
  • Second part of Luchino Visconti's "German Trilogy", preceded by 1969's The Damned and followed by 1972's Ludwig.
  • Featured in the documentary Homo Promo.

Related OMG Posts:

OMG Movie #117

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