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Björn Andrésen

  • Highest Rated: 100% Shelley (2016)
  • Lowest Rated: 67% Death in Venice (1971)
  • Birthday: Jan 22, 1955
  • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Björn Johan Andrésen (born 26 January 1955, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish actor and musician. He is most famous for playing the fourteen-year-old Tadzio in Luchino Visconti's 1971 film adaptation of the Thomas Mann novella Death in Venice.Andrésen had only appeared in one film, En Kärlekshistoria (1970) at the time he was cast in Death in Venice, which gained him international recognition. While the film performed relatively poorly at the box office, Andrésen was noted for his performance as Tadzio, the beautiful young Polish boy with whom the film's older protagonist Gustav von Aschenbach falls in love. Film historian Lawrence J. Quirk commented in his study The Great Romantic Films (1974) that some shots of Andrésen "could be extracted from the frame and hung on the walls of the Louvre or the Vatican".Rumors circulated in America at the time of the film's release as to whether or not Andrésen was homosexual (as the role demanded that he appear to exchange romantic glances with the protagonist and on other occasion be kissed and caressed by another teenage boy). Andrésen emphatically denied these, and later recounted his discomfort at being forced by director Luchino Visconti during filming to visit a gay bar, where he attracted the attention of a number of older men.[1] Eager to dispel the rumors regarding his sexuality and to shed his "pretty boy" image, Andrésen thereafter avoided homosexual roles and parts which he felt would play off of his good looks, and was angry when feminist writer Germaine Greer used a photograph of him on the cover of her book The Beautiful Boy (2003) without first obtaining his personal permission.[2]Although Greer did consult with photographer David Bailey (who owned the copyright for the image) before publishing the book, Andrésen maintained that he should have been informed about her plans to use his photo (as is common practice when a party uses an image of a person which has been copyrighted by a different individual) and stated that he would have withheld his consent for Greer to use his picture if she had contacted him.After the release of Death in Venice, Andrésen spent an extended period of time in Japan, where he appeared in a number of television commercials and also recorded two pop songs. It is said that his appearance as Tadzio in the film inspired many Japanese anime artists (known for their depictions of young, effeminate men), especially Keiko Takemiya.[citation needed]Andrésen has also appeared in several other films[3]. These include Pelikaanimies (2004)[4], Kojan (1992) and Smugglarkungen (1985).In 1976, he was briefly accused of involvement in the stabbing death of actor Sal Mineo, whom some sources claimed had been a lover of Andrésen's. Andrésen denied ever having known Mineo at all and stated that he was not even in the United States at the time of the murder. [5] He was not charged in connection with Mineo's death.

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67% Death in Venice Tadzio (as Björn Andresen) 1971


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