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Death in Venice (1971)

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Dirk Bogarde, Bjorn Andresen, more...
Director: Luchino Visconti, Luchino Visconti
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Drama, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 131 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Based on a novel by Thomas Mann, Death in Venice stars Dirk Bogarde as a German composer who is terrified that he has lost all vestiges of humanity. While visiting Venice, Bogarde falls in love with a beautiful young boy (Bjorn Andresen). The relationship is ruined by Bogarde's obsession with the boy's youth and physical perfection; the composer realizes that the child represents an ideal that he can never match. The character played by Dirk Bogarde is evidently intended to be Gustav Mahler, whose haunting music is featured on the film's soundtrack. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Special Features

  • Visconti's Venice behind-the-scenes featurette
  • A Tour of Venice stills gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer


GreenCine Member Reviews

Death in Venice by roilopez July 6, 2005 - 11:28 AM PDT
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2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I know the novel is supposed to be a classic, and so is the movie, but for contemporary standards it is one of the most boring movies I have ever seen. My partner saw the first 15 minutes and could not stay awake afterwards. I saw the whole thing waiting to find something redeeming about it, and that moment never came. The film was very slow, repetitive, pointless and predictable. An older man (the composer) follows a teenage boy all over Venice, as the boy walks with his family. The man falls in love with the boy, but nothing ever happens with that love. Eventually the man dies and the story goes nowhere. This story could have been told in 15 minutes, rather than two hours. The only reason to watch this movie is if you have insomnia.




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