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1,909 Ratings

Death in Venice

Morte a Venezia

Directed by Luchino Visconti
Italy, France, 1971
Drama, LGBT+


Composer Gustave Aschenbach travels to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose, but finds no peace, for he soon develops a troubling attraction to an adolescent boy, Tadzio, who embodies an ideal of beauty that Aschenbach has long sought. A pestilence, arrives, threatening his ideals and life.

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Death in Venice Directed by Luchino Visconti

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1971 | Winner: 25th Anniversary Prize

Venice Film Festival

2018 | Venice Classics

Academy Awards

1972 | Nominee: Best Costume Design

Platonic love has never been depicted on screen with such transfixing intensity and lyricism as in Luchino Visconti’s sumptuous adaptation of Thomas Mann’s homoerotic 1912 novella.
January 02, 2019
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Coming full circle to one of Mann’s influences for the novel—the life and work of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler—Visconti’s most significant departure (Aschenbach’s artistic background) embraces new physical and sensory tensions that emphasize the tragedy of things rendered obsolete and out of time.
December 14, 2018
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Thomas Mann’s prose, which provides one with the eerie sensation of burrowing into a specific time and place, made a perfect fit for director Luchino Visconti, who often achieved the same effect through his languorous approach to past eras.
November 02, 2018
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