Luchino Visconti

Death in Venice

Death in Venice

Based on the classic 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 (Dirk Bogarde, in an exquisitely nuanced performance) travels to Venice to recover. There, he is struck by a vision of pure beauty in the form of a young boy (Björn Andrésen), 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 sublime music of Gustav Mahler, Death in Venice is one of cinema’s most exalted literary adaptations, as sensually rich as it is allegorically resonant.

Film Info

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Luchino Visconti: Life as in a Romance, a 2008 documentary about Visconti, featuring actors Burt Lancaster, Silvana Mangano, and Marcello Mastroianni; filmmakers Francesco Rosi and Franco Zeffirelli; and others
  • Alla ricerca di Tadzio, a 1970 program on Visconti’s 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
  • Television broadcast from 1971 in which Visconti discusses the film
  • Visconti’s Venice, a short 1970 behind-the-scenes documentary featuring Visconti and Bogarde
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Dennis Lim

New cover by Cliff Wright

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Feb 19, 2019

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Luchino Visconti: Life as in a Romance, a 2008 documentary about Visconti, featuring actors Burt Lancaster, Silvana Mangano, and Marcello Mastroianni; filmmakers Francesco Rosi and Franco Zeffirelli; and others
  • Alla ricerca di Tadzio, a 1970 program on Visconti’s 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
  • Television broadcast from 1971 in which Visconti discusses the film
  • Visconti’s Venice, a short 1970 behind-the-scenes documentary featuring Visconti and Bogarde
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Dennis Lim

New cover by Cliff Wright

Death in Venice
Cast
Dirk Bogarde
Gustav von Aschenbach
Romolo Valli
Hotel manager
Mark Burns
Alfred
Nora Ricci
Tadzio’s governess
Marisa Berenson
Frau von Aschenbach
Carole André
Esmeralda
Björn Andrésen
Tadzio
Silvana Mangano
Tadzio’s mother
Leslie French
Travel agent
Franco Fabrizi
Barber
Antonio Appicella
Vagrant
Sergio Garfagnoli
Jaschu
Ciro Cristofoletti
Hotel clerk
Luigi Battaglia
Scapegrace
Dominique Darel
English tourist
Masha Predit
Russian tourist
Credits
Director
Luchino Visconti
Produced by
Luchino Visconti
Screenplay by
Luchino Visconti
Screenplay by
Nicola Badalucco
From the novel by
Thomas Mann
Director of photography
Pasquale de
Assistant director
Albino Cocco
Editor
Ruggero Mastroianni
Art director
Ferdinando Scarfiotti
Costume designer
Piero Tosi
Music by
Gustav Mahler
Production supervisor
Egidio Quarantotto
Production manager
Anna Davini
Associate executive producer
Robert Gordon Edwards
Executive producer
Mario Gallo