In the midst of an undeclared cholera epidemic composer Gustav von Aschenbach (Bogarde) becomes obsessed with a teenage boy and tries to regain his youth so as to gain the youth to whom he never speaks. Making copious use of Mahler’s music and the aesthetic perfection of the sinking/dyingVenice, Visconti turns Thomas Mann’s novella into a meditation on aging and the search for purity.

WINNER: four BAFTA Awards

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