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Death in Venice = Morte a Venezia

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Two-DVD special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Dirk Bogarde, Mark Burns, Bjorn Andresen, Silvana Mangano.

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[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2019]


Title from container.

From the novel by Thomas Mann.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1971.

Special features: New 4K digital restoration ; 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.

Based on the 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 travels to Venice to recover. There, he is struck by a vision of pure beauty in the form of a young boy named Tadzio, 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 music of Gustav Mahler, Death in Venice is one of cinema's most exalted literary adaptations, as sensually rich as it is allegorically resonant.

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