Death in Venice
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Top Customer Reviews
In the Visconti version, the emphasis is more on the physical aspects of the story. Never has Venice looked more beautiful and alluring, more decadent and effete. If you've read the novella, it's like having the descriptions on its pages come to life. Dirk Bogarde gives an outstanding performance as Gustav von Aschenbach. Although he has very little dialogue, he conveys the bitterness, aroused passion and finally, pitiful yearning of Aschenbach through facial expressions alone. Bjorn Andresen, the actor who plays Tadzio, the beautiful young boy who is the object of Aschenbach's desire, was perfectly cast. He too plays the part with facial expressions and gestures. The Tadzio character is pivotal to the story, so any actor in this role must be worthy of inspiring passion and desire. Visconti, with his incredible eye for beauty, knew exactly what was he doing. And changing Ashenbach from a writer to a composer based on Gustav Mahler, and then using Mahler's music, especially the Adagietto from the 5th Symphony, was another brilliant stroke. Although I'd read the Mann story before the film, Mahler's music and Death in Venice will always be inextricably linked in my mind. As will the haunting images which appear throughout the film, especially that last one of Ashenbach dying on the beach as Tadzio walks slowly into the water.
This films begs for DVD presentation in widescreen format with its soundtrack digitally enhanced. It also deserves to be restored to original full length. It may be slow moving with little action, but its rewards are many.
This isn't a film for everyone. But as the final Mahler note was being sounded, one spectator excitedly whispered to me, "They got it." That's good enough for me.
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When is Visconti's film of Death in Venice coming out on Blu Ray ? I love the DVD version of this classic but the next generation of film fans will want to see 'Death in Venice' on... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I've been wanting to see this movie for a long time, but it is somewhat obscure and hard to find. Excellent that it is available on Amazon. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Beers
One of my favorite moody films! Superb acting and an incredible score using the music of Mahler.Published 4 months ago by RPCV6466
I've reviewed this once already, but, since you asked again, ......it was delivered ahead of time, came as described, was of the quality vendor stated (very good) and I'm... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gina Fiore
Visconte's superlative film from a book by Thomas Mann. The opening scene of the approaching boat coming into Venice is priceless, this and the scenes in the hotel, unencumbered by... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mary A. Haw