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Ratings for Morte a Venezia
(1971)

AKA: Death in Venice

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11 member reviews/ratings for this Movie

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Reviews for Morte a Venezia

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It has been pointed out that this film takes the classicism of the book and turns it into romanticism, with all that Mahler. True enough: wonder what Mann would have made of it? But with Björn Andrésen and Dirk Bogarde you can't go far wrong. Ladies in Lavender is an even better treatment of a similar subject, and 1964's Tonio Kröger is an excellent, faithful Thomas Mann adaptation, with production supervised by Mann's daughter Erika.

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I had high hopes when I ordered this film but was disappointed. I agree with others that it needed editing.

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A sad parable of repression.

I also found the film heavily padded and slow. I would have edited 25 minutes, easily. Any director unable to establish a scene or set a mood in less than five minutes is simply wasting film and boring audiences.

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A wonderfully shot film with superb period detail and directed by Visconti at a leisurely pace. This is a classic boy film which should repose on the DVD shelf of any worthy collector. Bjorn Andresen is of course outstandingly beautiful most notably in the scenes where he's parading around the beach in his swimwear. I kept wondering when Dirk Bogarde's Aschenbach, the silly old coot, was going to say something to Tadzio. Let's face it, the boy was doing enough to give Aschenbach more than a nod and a wink! A lot of people complain of the film's slow pace but it didn't bother me. Apart from the two main actors, the other highlight of the film was when the singing quartet saunter among the hotel guests and serenade Tadzio who looks most elegant in his uniform. A fine film.

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Long among my list of favourite films, I can now see the flaws but for sentimental reasons I'll still give it a 9.

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clearly one of my favourite movies, and i'm always a little saddened when i see that people usely don't enjoy it very much, which is a shame ; is it necessary to situate the well known plot ? an ageing artist, gustav von aschenbach, travels to venice where he becomes infatuated by a polish young boy, tadzio, who spends the holidays in the lido with his family ; this passionate love ultimately leads aschenbach to his death ; the film may seem quite long (in fact, the first time i saw it, i expected to be bored, but i was captivated from beginning to end), but in my opinion, apart from the russian lament by mussorgsky which opens the final scene, it would be a crime to suppress any passsage at all ;

i can also understand that the story either moves the viewer very deeply, which was my case, or leaves him or her completely indifferent ; it certainly is an intellectual movie combining psychological issues with philosophical ones (which belong to the platonician repertoire ; the main issue is the origin of beauty, and, if beauty truly comes from the senses, the possibility, or not, of the artist to reach the 'spirit', what plato called the world of ideas ; hence the long quotation from plato's phaedrus in mann's novella ; in fact, as the plot demonstrates, the artist is doomed in essence, he tries to reah the spirit through the senses, but ultimately is caught back by them ; though Nietzsche's problematic is radically different, the apollinian element is caught back by the dyonisian forces, and this signifies the doom of the artist) ;

having said that, bogarde's performance is very deeply felt and truly moving ; as for bjorn andresen, one can not really speak of a performance in the strict meaning of the term (he hardly says anything) ; visconti's adaptation of the novella (he adds elements taken in mann's great novel, the Doktor Faustus ; to one familiar with the philosophical issues at stake, it is not always coherent) is intelligent, as is the well-known transformation of aschenbach from a writer into a musician, the composer gustav mahler, whose beautiful adagietto (from the Fifth) follows aschenbach along his downfall (the fourth movement from the Third is also a beautiful piece) ; and as always, visconti's filming is magnificent

a masterpiece

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