Luchino Visconti's chillingly Angst-ridden 1971 film is an adaptation of the Thomas Mann novella about obsessive love. It involves the repressed passion of an aging artist named Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde, left) for a beautiful boy (Bjorn Andresen) he sees on the Venice beach, during a time of plague. In Visconti's conception, Aschenbach is actually composer Gustav Mahler, whose haunting Fifth Symphony echoes despairingly on the soundtrack. With Marisa Berenson (right). (Bravo Thursday, at 9:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.).
Other selected four-star films airing this week:
The Bank Dick / AMC, Monday, 9:30 a.m.
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break / AMC, Monday, 10:45 a.m.
The Conversation / Cinemax, Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.
Sunset Boulevard / TNT, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
A Star Is Born / TNT, Thursday, 10:30 p.m.
8 1/2 / TMC, Friday, 5:05 a.m.