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Death in Venice

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Original title
Morte a Venezia
Running time
127 min.
Italy Italy
Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco (Novel: Thomas Mann)
Gustav Mahler
Pasqualino De Santis
Alta Cinematografica
Drama | 1910s. Gay & Lesbian. Pandemic. Cult Movie
Movie Groups
Thomas Mann Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, a few years before the outbreak of the Great War, 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.
1971: Nominated for Oscar: Best Costume Design
1971: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1971: BAFTA: 4 awards: Soundtrack, Art Direction, Cinematography and Costume Design
1970: David di Donatello Awards: Best Director
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