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Death in Venice (1971)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Luchino Visconti

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 18
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Instead of bringing the story to life, Visconti has, I'm afraid, embalmed it. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Not even the classical soundtrack can turn this ponderous portrait of one man's obsession into the cinematic classic it has so often been mistaken for. – Jamie Russell,, Aug 28, 2006

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beautiful movie

Death in Venice (1971)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1971

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