mann book films

Another book I read recently is Donald Prater’s biography of Thomas Mann. It’s a good way of finding out about the man, but I would not rate it very highly in terms of classic biographies. On consideration I’m not sure what you would class as classic biographies. Vasari’s Lives of the Artists? Well I’ve never read it so couldn’t possibly say, but maybe George D Painter’s masterly Marcel Proust life or even Ross Russell’s Bird Lives in many ways flawed but still marvellously conjuring up the feel of what it was to be alive in those days.

It amused me slightly to produce this list of some of Mann’s novels that were turned into films.


There are at least 3 film versions of this novel.

Tonio Kroger

Royal Highness

The Confessions of Felix Krull

Mario The Magician

The Magic Mountain

  • The 1982 version
  • Alexander Korda’s brother, Zoltan was supposed to make a version sometime I think in the 50s or 60s, but it never happened

Lotte In Weimar

  • The 1974 film by Egon Günther

Finally I suspect that you don’t have time to watch a whole film right now, but if you do here is Death In Venice Luchino Visconti‘s masterpiece from 1971. To tell you the truth I haven’t seen any of the other films mentioned above, but even so I’m confident that none of them come anywhere near this one. If you don’t have time to watch the whole film then at least I would humbly submit that it is worth watching the beautiful opening sequence after the credits from 2:30 to 6:00 approximately.

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