Death in Venice

Rome: Alfa Cinematografica, 1970. Final Shooting script for the 1971 Italian film, based on the novella by Thomas Mann, and with music by Gustav Mahler (upon whom the film's principal character is based). English-language script, a typically primitive production for an Italian script from this era, though with far more direction present than one normally finds. Numerous typos, typeovers, and tiny holograph corrections to spelling. As the film is quite sparse on dialogue, the script is mostly filled with detailed description of the action, and settings in particular.

The middle film of Visconit's "German Trilogy," an impressionistic, conceptual cycle that begins with "The Damned" (1969) and ends with "Ludwig" (1972). Thomas Mann's lonely and obsessed novelist was transformed by Visconti into a composer based on Mahler who travels to Venice for his health and becomes increasingly obsessed with an adolescent Polish boy.

Tan wrappers with a red cloth binding, rubber-stamped "FINAL," the film's title affixed on blue vinyl labeling tape, with "PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY LUCHINO VISCONTI FOR ALFA CINEMATOGRAFICA" in neat holograph ink at the lower left. Title page present, with credits for novelist Mann and screenwriters Visconti and Nicola Badalucco, dated March 21, 1970. 100 leaves, mechanically reproduced. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with glue to the wrapper as issued.

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