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Death in Venice Review

As that steamboat in the opening moments of Death in Venice breaches the darkness, the orchestral notes pick up. They are heightened by the appearance of something that we can identify as a hopeful entrance. The violins crescendo, and soon simmer once the boat has left the shot. It is within these moments that we are introduced to Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde). He has the look of a man fed up, ill, and alone. Luchino Visconti paints a vast landscape in these opening moments of the Thomas Mann novel, one that is both empty of real, connected life, and full of horrible anguish for Aschenbach. Therein lies the issue of Visconti’s predilections toward the leading man. He can never be at fault for he does not know the country.  

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