Morte a Venezia (1971)
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- Death in Venice
- 130 min.
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Well, I found this pretty captivating. Every shot feels like a painting, painstakingly composed and colored just for the audience. Some scenes, particularly the flashbacks, drag a bit. But I was still mesmerized by the protagonists search for beauty/love as the camera forces you to take this journey with him. Simultaneously enchanting and uncomfortable, both precise and vague, this film demands your attention.
I would like to buy this film, not Mort à Venise.
How anyone can find this movie captivating is a mystery to me. Both character development and acting (which this movie is crying out for, since it's pretty uneventful and two hours long) are not up to scratch. It simply fails to communicate with the audience in my opinion. This could quite easily be made into a short without losing much of anything.
Liked some sequences, but those were few and far between.
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This movie ranks #27 in BFI Flare's Best LGBT Films of All Time
This movie ranks #65 in Taschen 100 All-time favorite movies
This movie ranks #74 in FilmTV's 100 Greatest Italian Films
This movie ranks #129 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #145 in Il Grande Cinema Italiano
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This movie ranks #201 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
This movie ranks #230 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #276 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #284 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #603 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #723 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #1155 in The Criterion Collection