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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

Death in Venice


An adaptation of Thomas Mann’s famous modernist novella, published in 1912. Unlike the original, the main protagonist is not a writer, but a musician (modelled on Gustav Mahler) who, during a trip to plague-stricken Venice, experiences an erotic fascination with a teenage boy. For years, Death in Venice was considered a textbook example of a near-perfect adaptation, brilliantly substituting sublime literary means for cinematic ones. There is a dark side, however, to Visconti’s success: the traumatic experience of the young actor, Björn Andrésen, which was recently recounted in the documentary The Most Beautiful Boy in the World. Still, it would be difficult to question the merits of the film itself, which superbly confronts love and death, youth and old age, beauty and ugliness.

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DATE

April 10, 2024

TIME

8:45 PM

VENUE

Kino Iluzjon Stolica

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 14, 2024

TIME

12:30 PM

VENUE

Kino Muranów Gerard

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

Death in Venice

ORIGINAL TITLE

Morte a Venezia

LANGUAGE

English, Italian, Polish, French

SUBTITLES

Polish, English

SECTION

DIRECTOR

DURATION

130 min

YEAR

1971

COUNTRY

Italy, France

SALES

Warner Bros. Discovery Poland

TRIGGER WARNING

???

PRODUCER

Luchino Visconti

PRODUCTION

Alfa Cinematografica, PECF

CAST

Dirk Bogarde, Bjorn Andersen, Silvana Mangano, Marisa Berenson, Mark Burns

SCREENPLAY

Luchino Visconti, Nicola Bandalucco

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Pasqualino De Santis (colour)

EDITING

Ruggero Mastroianni

SCORE

Gustav Mahler

COSTUME DESIGN

Piero Tosi

ART DIRECTION

Ferdinando Scarfiotti

DECADE

AWARDS

David di Donatello award for best direction (Luchino Visconti), Nastro d’argento awards for best direction, best supporting actress (Silvana Magnano), best cinematography (Pasqualino De Santis), best art direction (Ferdinando Scarfiotti and best costume design (Piero Tosi)

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