Visconti’s film is on YouTube in full:
So is Tony Palmer’s film of Britten’s opera:
Apart from Britten’s opera and Visconti’s film, there have been a few adaptations of Death in Venice to other media:
• There was a 1986 ballet adaptation by Norbert Vesak. There were a couple of reviews of it published in magazines, which could be found at NYPL.
• There was another ballet adaptation in 1991 by Flemming Flindt. Again, there are some reviews available through the library, but not much else.
• There was a 2003 ballet adaptation by John Neumeier, which has been performed a number of times in the past decade. Here is a video of some excerpts from a performance:
Here is a review:
• There was a one-man stage adaptation, written by Robert David MacDonald based on David Luke’s translation of the text, and starring Giles Havergal. It was first performed in Glasgow in 2000. Here are a couple of reviews:
It played in NYC in 2002:
• Ellis Shookman’s book Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice: A Novella and Its Critics reports that stage adaptations premiered in New York in 1980 and in London in 1993, but gives no details.
• In 1997, BBC broadcast a radio drama adaptation by Peter Wolf. I haven’t been able to find a copy or much information about it. The author’s Web site has some glowing quotes:
• There is also an upcoming film adaptation called Food For Love, directed by Peter Greenaway. Here is an article about it:
• Finally, Warrington Colescott produced a series of ten etchings inspired by the novella. They were published in a book by Aquarius press, along with a copy of the novella. The nearest library that has this is Princeton.
There are also a number of works of fiction that are based more or less on Mann’s novella:
• “Ganymede” is a short story by Daphne du Maurier, published in her 1959 collection The Breaking Point, which involves a similar sort of obsession to that depicted in Death in Venice, and is often linked to Mann’s novella. The collection is not difficult to find.
• The 1990 novel Love and Death on Long Island by Gilbert Adair also involves a similar sort of obsession to Aschenbach’s, although it has a different ending. It is held offsite by NYPL. Adair also wrote a book entitled The Real Tadzio: Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice and the boy who inspired it, which is available at NYPL.
• There are two different mystery novels entitled Another Death in Venice. Reginald Hill’s 1976 novel (available through ILL) is partially based on Visconti’s film. Anthony Appiah’s 1995 novel, available at Columbia, apparently draws directly upon Mann’s novella.
• Geoff Dyer’s 2009 novel Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi begins with a variation/parody of the situation of Death in Venice. It is available at NYPL.
Adair’s Love and Death on Long Island has been adapted into other forms at least two times:
• There was a 1997 film adaptation of Love and Death on Long Island, starring John Hurt. It is available on DVD at NYPL.
• There was also a 2008 stage musical with music by Ben Perry and book by Adair, which was performed at the West End Theatre in London. Here is a brief review:
Death in Venice has also turned up a few times in (semi-)popular music.
• Rufus Wainwright’s 2001 song “Grey Gardens” is love song directed at someone named Tadzio. Here is a performance:
• Morrissey’s 2006 song “I Just Want To See The Boy Happy” is cited by Wikipedia as being related to the novella, although the connection seems to be pretty loose. Here is the music video:
• There was an Italian goth rock band called Death in Venice, active in the early 1980s.
Finally, there is a “Death in Venice” cocktail, which alludes to the novella/film by including strawberries: