While recuperating in a luxurious hotel in Venice, a famous composer,now becoming aware of his passing years, struggles with his attractionto a golden-haired boy . . . an attraction that he realizes will lead tohis destruction.
An epic movie which everyone must see - defy you not to shed a tear!
Ravishing to look at, the mass choreography of huge numbers of background actors, all dressed in amazing period costumes still entrances even after multiple viewings. The story line of Bogarde playing a character going mad and mooning about after a pretty Polish boy is a bit uncomfortable to watch, but the movie as a whole is a masterpiece of film-making.
Only a complete moron would mention paedophilia in a review of this film. It's to do with what might have been, boundaries, regrets. I'm appalled that anybody would think it was anything sinister.
Horrible, Disturbing and Wooden
I'd heard much about this film, It's Artistic nature etc. I want the hours of my life I spent watching it back! The acting is wooden at the best of times and forgive me if a plot revolving around an Edwardian Peadophile doesn't get me going. It is artistic for the sake of it, boring and disturbing. My god if I had to watch just one more long uncomfortable zoom shot at the lad in it, I would've died of discomfort. In summary then, Don't bother, get something good.