Björn Andrésen

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Björn Johan Andrésen (born 26 January 1955, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish actor and musician. He is best known 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 becomes obsessed. 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 another 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.  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. Although Greer did consult photographer David Bailey (who owned the copyright for the image) before publishing the book, Andrésen maintained that it is common practice when a party uses an image of a person which has been copyrighted by a different individual to inform the individual and that he would not have given his consent for Greer to use his picture if she had informed him of her plans. Andrésen has also appeared in several other films.These include Pelikaanimies (2004),  Kojan (1992) and Smugglarkungen (1985).

Most Popular Björn Andrésen Trailers

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Death in Venice Trailer (1971)

01 March 1971

Composer Gustav von Aschenbach, travels to Venice for health reasons. There, he becomes obsessed with the stunning beauty of an adolescent Polish boy named Tadzio who is staying with his family at the same Grand Hôtel des Bains on the Lido as Aschenbach.

Shelley Trailer (2016)

14 February 2016

Louise and Kasper want to become parents, but Louise cannot have children. She seals a pact with her Romanian maid, Elena, to bear her child, but things don't turn out quite as planned.

A Swedish Love Story Trailer (1970)

24 April 1970

The youngsters puppy love is set against a backdrop of adults that struggle with their own lives. Her fathers feeling of misery and failure at work, her aunts unhappiness as an unmarried woman without kids of her own.

The Simple-Minded Murderer Trailer (1982)

12 February 1982

The feeble-minded Sven's mother dies and he gets work as a farm-hand at the rich, affluent Höglund's farm.

Gentlemen Trailer (2014)

05 December 2014

Beaten up, bruised, and scared, a young writer hides in a Stockholm apartment, writing the story of its disappeared inhabitants: the flamboyant and charismatic Morgan brothers.

Pelican Man Trailer (2004)

16 December 2004

Wanting to know the ways of people, a pelican turns into a gawky young man who soon learns to speak, thanks to his outstanding talent in imitation.

The Hotel Trailer (2016)

29 April 2016

The Hotel is the last part of a trilogy about travelling. The first two were The Atlantic (Atlanten, 1995) and The Lighthouse (Fyren, 2000).

Bluff Stop Trailer (1977)

26 December 1977

It is 1957. A young student is unhappy at school, play hooky frequently and devotes himself to his great interest in music.

Lucifer Sensommer - gult og sort Trailer (1990)

18 November 1990

Lucifer Sensommer Gult og Sort is a Norwegian drama film from 1990 with Björn Andrésen and Annie Krogstad in the lead roles.

A la recherche de Tadzio Trailer (1990)

01 January 1990

Whatever became of the actor director Luchino Visconti famously cast as young Tadzio in "Death in Venice"? Documentary filmmaker Etienne Faure goes looking in this short film first presented at Cannes.