Death in Venice
Death in Venice (1971)

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).… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Visconti's mastery of visual style almost succeeds in creating the very ideas and feelings that his heavy-handed narrative entirely misses.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Can never get to the literary heart of the novel without stumbling along on a curiously suffocating course.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Almost absurdly soporific

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Instead of bringing the story to life, Visconti has, I'm afraid, embalmed it.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

A sumptuous visual feast, a well-told tale of a tortured artist's sturm und drung.

Christopher Null

Bogarde plays Gustav with a hamfist, practically drooling over the kid he's stalking

Emanuel Levy

Even critics who didn't like Visconti's version of Mann's novella praised Dirk Bogarde in the lead and the film's production values, especially costume design, which was Oscar nominated.

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Dan Jardine

Visconti's self-conscious and self-reflexive artistry can be off-putting, but with Death in Venice, he's crafted a sumptuous feast for the senses.

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TV Guide

Despite the omissions from Mann's text, dependence on flashbacks, and overwrought arguments about art and music between Aschenbach and a colleague, it remains a film of great beauty.

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Jeremy Smith
Moments of perfection.
Stefanie C
Like the sand in the hourglass, there is no stopping the passage of time. This cinematic achievement is unmatched in its visual eloquence, but remains an… More
Elvira B
A classic of Italian cinema! It's very slow -VERY- but it's definitely worth it. The art direction and the cinematography are amazingly beautiful as… More