Abroad on a rest holiday, composer Gustav Aschenback is to all the world reserved and civilized. But when he glimpses someone who inspires him to give away to a secret passion, it foreshadows his doom. Director Luchino Visconti transform Thomas Mann's classic novel into 'a masterwork of power and beauty'. Like Aschenbach, Visconti is an artist obsessed: his movies are awash in mood, period detail and seething emotions beneath 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.