Death in Venice

Death in Venice (1971) – (Morte a Venezia)

Director: Luchino Visconti
Screenplay: Nicola Badalucco, & Luchino Visconti (based on the novel by Thomas Mann)
Role: Gustav von Aschenbach

Dirk’s compensation for the disappointment of The Damned was Visconti’s gift: the role of Gustav von Aschenbach who, during a stay in Venice, becomes obsessed with the golden-haired youth Tadzio. When Venice is stricken by cholera, von Aschenbach must decide between saving himself or dying in his quest for Love and Beauty.