"I dream't I dwelt in marble halls" Devoted to the histories and current state of the great mansions of America's Gilded Age.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
"Death in Venice"
A Scene from the film, "Death in Venice"
On my facebook group, Mansions of the Gilded Age, and my Instagram account I am doing a series about films that take place in the Gilded Age, mostly during the summer. Here is one that I saw many years ago and highly recommend. "Death in Venice", A beautiful film by Luchino Visconti based upon the
Thomas Mann novel written in 1912. While the story is excellent, this is
one of those films that is so luscious and languorous you could watch
and listen to the soundtrack even if there was no dialog. The use of
Gustav Mahler's adagietto from his Fifth Symphony and parts of his Third
Symphony add to this mood of sedation. The main focus of the story is
about a late middle aged exhausted composer named Gustav
who needs a long vacation, travels to Venice. His time there is spent
mostly alone and he reflects upon his life. A family staying at his
hotel has a young son who seems to drift through the film
phantasmagorically reminding him of his lost youth and now past life.
Mixed with the exquisite scenery of Venice only adds to this dreamlike
theme. Overall the film is very sad and reflective and will leave some
in a comatose state or stupor of beauty. Here is a link to the trailer, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4N8B1ggYc4
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