Rent Death in Venice (1971)

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Synopsis:
Based on the classic novella by Thomas Mann, this late-career masterpiece from Luchino Visconti is a meditation on the nature of art, the allure of beauty, and the inescapability of death. A fastidious composer reeling from a disastrous concert, Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde, in an exquisitely nuanced performance) travels to Venice to recover. There, he is struck by a vision of pure beauty in the form of a young boy named Tadzio (Bjorn Andrcscn), his infatuation developing into an obsession even as rumors of a plague spread through the city.
Setting Mann's story of queer desire and bodily decay against the sublime music of Gustav Mahler, 'Death in Venice' is one of cinemas most exalted literary adaptations, as sensually rich as it is allegorically resonant.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Luchino Visconti
Writers:
Thomas Mann, Luchino Visconti
Others:
Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Piero Tosi, Pasquale De Santis, Vittorio Trentino, Giuseppe Muratori
Aka:
Morte a Venezia
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Lesbian & Gay
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Drama, Lesbian & Gay
Awards:

1972 BAFTA Best Production Design

1972 BAFTA Best Cinematography

1972 BAFTA Best Sound

1972 BAFTA Best Costumes

BBFC:
Release Date:
12/04/2004
Run Time:
125 minutes
Languages:
English, French, Italian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Romanian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind-The-Scenes Featurette: Visconti's Venice
  • A Tour Of Venice Stills Gallery
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/03/2019
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono, Italian LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Luchino Visconti: Life as in a Novel, a 2008 documentary about the director, featuring Visconti; actors Burt Lancaster, Silvana Mangano, and Marcello Mastroianni; filmmakers Francesco Rosi and Franco Zeffirelli; and others
  • Alla ricerca di Tadzio, a 1970 short film by Visconti about his efforts to cast the role of Tadzio
  • New program featuring literature and cinema scholar Stefano Albertini
  • Interview from 2006 with costume designer Piero Tosi
  • Excerpt from a 1990 program about the music in Visconti's films, featuring Bogarde and actor Marisa Berenson
  • Interview with Visconti from 1971
  • Visconti's Venice, a short 1970 behind-the-scenes documentary featuring Visconti and Bogarde Trailer

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