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Trivia / Morte a Venezia

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  • California Doubling: The interior of Saint Mark's Basilica was actually a detailed reconstruction built at Cinecitta Studios. The real location was unsuitable for filming.
  • Fake Nationality: The German Aschenbach is played by the English Dirk Bogarde, and his wife is played by the American Marisa Berenson. The Polish Tadzio is played by Björn Andrésen, a Swede. His mother is played by Silvana Mangano, who is Italian.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • José Ferrer was preparing a film adaptation in 1964, but it fell through.
    • Luchino Visconti considered Alec Guinness, John Gielgud, and Burt Lancaster for the role of Aschenbach. Lancaster lobbied especially hard for the part, and would later play a similar character in Visconti's Conversation Piece.
    • Visconti originally intended to cast a 12-year-old as Tadzio. He approached Leif Garrett, but he turned it down after his parents read the script.
    • Visconti asked Ida Galli, whom he'd directed in The Leopard, to play Tadzio's mother. She was forced to turn it down to a scheduling conflict with The Weekend Murders.
    • John Moulder-Brown (who later played Prince Otto in Visconti's Ludwig) was considered for Tadzio, but was deemed too mature for the part.

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