While recuperating in a luxurious hotel in Venice, a famous composer,now becoming aware of his passing years, struggles with his attractionto a golden-haired boy . . . an attraction that he realizes will lead tohis destruction.
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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They don't make many movies like this anymore. The pace is very, very languid and the action is strictly limited. By utilizing this technique, the film gradually connects you with the point of view of the main character, played by Dirk Bogarde.
As he ever so slowly realizes that he is developing an attraction to a beautiful teenage boy, the audience understands what a revelation this awakening is. This man once had a wife and child back in Germany but now he is vacationing alone in decadent, decaying Venice and he is learning that his heart has a strange nature that is a surprise to him.
Is this a love story? Not really. It is a tale of uneasy self-discovery. Anyone who has ever found their life taking a very unexpected turn due to a very unexpected passion should be able to respond to the quite haunting imagery that illuminates "Death In Venice."
Death in Venice is my second favorite movie just because it is so perfectly done. The whole movie can be seen as a cohesive work without flaws. The image of youth and old age is astoundingly beautiful. The great cinematography is translucent yet perfect. Dirk Bogard played his part with the sensitivity which his role demanded. This whole movie has a power which overwhelms you and leaves you stunned at the end. The final image of the boy standing in the sunset is as if Michelangelo had cut him out of stone. A perfect, poetic movie made for those who appreciate the finest cinema has to offer. When I first saw this movie in 1971 I had my ex-wife with me. At the end of the movie she was absolutely awestruck and unable to move for a few minutes. I had to coax her out of her seat to come with me. This is a powerful movie.
This had been one of my favorite movies when I had seen it years ago in the theatre, but I was only able to get a VHS tape 6 months ago. Unfortunately it was a full screen version and while the movie was recognizeable, it lacked the impact that I remembered from the theatre. This dvd makes all the difference. The sets and camera work are largely what make this movie work and the pan and scan used with the tape just about destroyed it. Now with the DVD, I can see that virtually every shot, set-up I think it is called in the business, is a work of art of composition and color. This is a film from Italy, a nation with a preeminent tradition in the visual arts and Death In Venice shows this visual sense to perfection. I have never seen another movie as artistically shot as this. The plot and story line are very much underplayed and frankly many people I know don't get this film. The story developes, more than is told as in a conventional film. Rather than watching it, you...
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