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See this film: Death in Venice at the Coolidge

You might think it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what's going on in Luchino Visconti's adaptation of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice (1971): an aging composer, played sublimely by Dirk Bogarde, visits the title city, catches a glimpse of a waiflike youth, and feels the sap flow again. In the Coolidge Corner Theatre's "Science on Screen" program, however, guest speaker Harvard psychologist Nancy Etcoff tackles the basic questions: what is beauty, and why does it make us all funny in the head? The Coolidge is at 290 Harvard St, Brookline | 7 pm | $9; $7 students, seniors | 617.734.2500 or coolidge.org.

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