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.