The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

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The Most Beautiful Boy in the World
Poster for The Most Beautiful Boy in the World
theatrical poster
Directed by
Written by
  • Kristina Lindström[1]
  • Kristian Petri[1]
Produced byStina Gardell[1]
CinematographyErik Vallsten[1]
Edited by
  • Dino Jonsäter[1]
  • Hanna Lejonqvist[1]
Music by
Mantaray Film
Distributed byJuno Films[2]
Release date
Running time
93 minutes
LanguagesSwedish, English, French, Italian and Japanese
Luchino Visconti and Björn Andrésen on the set of Death in Venice

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World is a 2021 documentary film about Björn Andrésen and the effects of fame thrust upon him when he appeared in Luchino Visconti's 1971 film Death in Venice. Andrésen was just 16 when the film came out, and was unprepared for instantly becoming an international celebrity.[3][4][5]

The title of the film came from a remark that Visconti made about Andrésen at the premiere of Death in Venice in London.[6][7]

The film premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 29, 2021.[8][9] It received a nomination for the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the festival.[10] The film was released in US theaters on September 24, 2021.[11]


Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the documentary holds an approval rating of 79% based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD". Mantaray Film. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  2. ^ Lang, Brent (2021-01-18). "'Most Beautiful Boy in the World' Sells to Juno Films Ahead of Sundance Premiere". Variety. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  3. ^ Daniels, Robert (2021-01-29). "Sundance 2021: President, The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, Flee - Festivals & Awards". Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  4. ^ Erbland, Kate (2021-01-29). "'The Most Beautiful Boy in the World' Review: Story of Innocence Lost". IndieWire. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Todd (2021-01-29). "Sundance Review: 'The Most Beautiful Boy In The World'". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  6. ^ Vlessing, Etan (2021-01-19). "Sundance: 'The Most Beautiful Boy in the World' Doc Lands at Juno Films". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  7. ^ "Juno Films Acquires Sundance Doc 'The Most Beautiful Boy In The World' - news". Sparklight. 2021-01-18. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  8. ^ Fallon, Kevin (2021-01-30). "The Tragic Curse of Being the 'Most Beautiful Boy in the World'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  9. ^ "The Most Beautiful Boy in the World". 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  10. ^ "Sundance Institute Archives". CULTURE MIX. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  11. ^ "Virtually every movie coming to theaters or streaming this fall". 26 August 2021. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  12. ^ "The Most Beautiful Boy in the World". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 14, 2022.

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