Visconti’s masterly adaptation of Thomas Mann’s famed novella finds celebrated German composer Dirk Bogarde destroyed by his desire for the embodiment of his ideal of pure beauty, an elusive, unattainable boy vacationing at his hotel on the Lido. Totally consumed by longing, he fails to heed the warning signs of a cholera epidemic sweeping through the city. Visconti continues his exploration of physical and spiritual disintegration in this haunting excursion into romantic pessimism.
Restoration by Cineteca di Bologna & Istituto Luce – Cinecittà.
Exclusive U.S. premiere engagement of 4K restoration. A Warner Bros. release.