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

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


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

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • 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.

  • 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.

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