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While recovering in Venice, sickly composer Gustav von Aschenbach becomes dangerously fixated with the teenager Tadzio, in vacation with his family.

It is hard to know which is the main element that makes this Luchino Visconti’s film a true masterpiece that crosses the times. It may be the adaptation of the music by Gustav Mahler, intensely poetic and tragic, to the characters and the story of the novel by Thomas Mann, published in 1913. Or is it the masterly direction by Visconti, transforming the maisn character in Mahler himself – in the original story, he is a writer- telling his obsession knowing that he is nearing death, the nostalgia of losing the last glimpse of beauty symbolized by the young Tadzio. It may also be the city itself, a Venice that is inevitably sinking, itself on the verge of seeing destroyed the Beauty of its refinement.

In the leading role is Dirk Bogarde, na almost forgotten actor today but most popular at the time in British Cinema, known for “The Servant, “Accident” or “Modesty Blaise”, all by Joseph Losey, or “A Tale of Two Cities” by Ralph Thomas. With him are Marisa Berenson, actress of “Barry Lyndon” by Kubrick or “Elas” by Galvão Teles, Silvana Mangano, from “Riso Amaro” or Lynch’s “Dune”, and the young Bjorn Andresen, in the role of the enigmatic Tadzio.

Luchino Visconti nasceu em Milão, Itália, a 2 de Novembro de 1906.Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Death in Venice (1971), The Leopard (1963) and Le Notti Bianche (1957). He died in 1976 in Rome, Italy.

 

Títle: Morte a Venezia. Countries: Ita/ Fra. Direction: Luchino Visconti. Script: Thomas Mann, Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco. Actors: Dirk Bogarde, Silvana Mangano, Marisa Berenson, Bjorn Andresen. Year: 1971. Duration: 130’