REVIEW FOR DEATH IN VENICE - A FRENCH FILM BY LUCHINO VISCONTI
A German composer is terrified that he has lost all vestiges of humanity. Then he falls in love with a boy, and things get worse.
As part of the monthly film screenings for its members, the Hyderabad Film Club is screening Death In Venice, a French-Italian film by Luchino Visconti, this Wednesday evening, at the Sarathi Studios Preview Theatre.
Based on a novel by Thomas Mann, Death In Venice stars Dirk Bogarde as a German composer who is terrified that he has lost all vestiges of humanity. While visiting Venice, he falls in love with a beautiful young boy (Bjorn Andresen).
The relationship is ruined by Bogarde’s obsession with the boy’s youth and physical perfection; the composer realizes that the child represents an ideal that he can never match. The character played by Dirk Bogarde is evidently intended to be Gustav Mahler, whose haunting music is featured on the film’s soundtrack. The film won the 25th Anniversary Award at the Festival De Cannes 1991.
The screenings are open only for invitees and members of the Hyderabad Film Club. For details regarding membership and screenings, please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243.