Based on novella by Thomas Mann.
Title and credits from screen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1971.
Restored by Cineteca di Bologna and Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and the Criterion Collection.
Aspect ratio, 2.35:1.
Special features: Luchino Visconti: life as a novel (2008 documentary); Showing the story (new program featuring literature and cinema scholar Stefano Albertini); Alla ricerca di Tadzio (a 1970 short film about Visconti's efforts to cast the role of Tadzio); Talking about Venice (nterview from 2006 with costume designer Piero Tosi ); Musiques au cœur (excerpt from a 1990 program about the music in Visconti's films, featuring Bogarde and actor Marisa Berenson); Visconti à propos de Morte à Venise (segement from the June 2, 1972 episode of the news program Midi magazine with an interview of Visconti); Visconti's Venice (a behind-the-scenes documentary); trailer; booklet essay by critic Dennis Lim.
Director of photography, Pasquale De Santis ; editor, Ruggero Mastroianni ; art director, Ferdinando Scarfiotti ; costume designer, Piero Tosi ; music by Gustav Mahler.
Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci, Marisa Berenson, Carole André, Björn Andresen, Silvana Mangano.
A fastidious composer reeling from a disastrous concert, Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde) travels to Venice to recover. There, he is struck by a vision of pure beauty in the form of a young boy named Tadzio (Björn Andrésen), his infatuation developing into an obsession even as rumors of a plague spread through the city. Based on the novella by Thomas Mann, this late masterpiece from Luchino Visconti is a meditation on the nature of art, the allure of beauty, and the inescapability of death. Setting Mann's story of queer desire and bodily decay against the music of Gustav Mahler, it is one of cinema's most exalted literary adaptations.
DVD format; region 1, NTSC; 16:9 widescreen presentation; Dolby digital 1.0 monaural.
Chiefly in English, with some Italian, Polish, French, German and Russian; optional English SDH subtitles.