Subject: Death In Venice (1971) Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:21 am
Rating: 7.5/10 Runtime: 130 mins Language: Italian / Polish / French Country: Italy / France Color: Color IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067445/
Director: Luchino Visconti Cast: Dirk Bogarde ... Gustav von Aschenbach Romolo Valli ... Hotel manager Mark Burns ... Alfred Nora Ricci ... Governess Marisa Berenson ... Frau von Aschenbach Carole André ... Esmeralda (as Carole Andre) Björn Andrésen ... Tadzio (as Björn Andresen) Silvana Mangano ... Tadzio's mother Leslie French ... Travel Agent Franco Fabrizi ... Barber Antonio Appicella ... Vagrant Sergio Garfagnoli ... Jaschu, Polish youth Ciro Cristofoletti ... Hotel clerk Luigi Battaglia ... Scapegrace Dominique Darel ... English tourist
Description: In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based on Gustav Mahler) travels to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose after a period of artistic and personal stress. But he finds no peace there, for he soon develops a troubling attraction to an adolescent boy, Tadzio, on vacation with his family. The boy embodies an ideal of beauty that Aschenbach has long sought and he becomes infatuated. However, the onset of a deadly pestilence threatens them both physically and represents the corruption that compromises and threatens all ideals.