Death In Venice (Morte A Venezia)

Death In VeniceBB

(out of 5)

Luchino Visconti directed this mind-numbingly boring adaptation of Thomas Mann’s story.   plays an ailing aristocrat vacationing in Venice who fixates upon an oil-paintingly pretty young man and holds him up as the ideal image of youth and beauty, not to mention his own sexual desire. Not, of course, that he does anything about it; the entire film is made up of gorgeous photography of the grand canals of Venice and static shots of Bogarde staring while the young boy does the best grazing-deer expression you’ve ever seen. Absolutely no emotional impact is accomplished here, not even with the lush visuals and sumptuous costumes.


Italy/France, 1971

Directed by

Screenplay by Luchino Visconti, , based on the story by

Cinematography by

Produced by Luchino Visconti

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1971

Cast Tags:  , , , , , ,, , , , , , , , ,

Academy Award Nomination
Best Costume Design (Piero Tosi)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

British Academy Award
Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Sound Track

Best Film
Best Actor (Dirk Bogarde)
Best Direction (Luchino Visconti)



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