Film Series : Visconti

Death in Venice

Morte a Venezia

1971, Luchino Visconti, Italy, 130 min. With Dirk Bogarde, Björn Andresen

Show Times

  • Sat, Nov 3rd 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov 4th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 7th 6:00pm

Homosexuality became a more central element in the bisexual Visconti's late films, preeminently in this richly atmospheric adaptation of Thomas Mann's celebrated 1912 novella. A German composer (based by Visconti on Gustav Mahler) visiting Venice becomes obsessed with the idealized beauty of an androgynous boy, causing him to linger in the city as a deadly cholera epidemic spreads. Gorgeous location photography, a haunting music score based on Mahler's Third and Fifth symphonies, and Bogarde's superb performance have made DEATH IN VENICE one of Visconti's most popular films. In English. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Ticket-holders are invited to a reception on Saturday, November 3, at 6:30 pm, sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute, Chicago.

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