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The Damned -- Set during the closing days of WWII this gritty, claustrophobic mix of Film Noir and psychological suspense follows the doomed escape of a group of Nazi's as they flee for South America aboard a submarine hoping to evade their fate in Europe
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Victor Alexandrov (story)
René Clément (adaptation)
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19 September 1947 (France) See more »
Oslo, April 19th 1945, as the Third Reich is living its last days, a group of Nazis and sympathizers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Marcel Dalio ... Larga (as Dalio)
Henri Vidal ... Le docteur Guilbert
Florence Marly ... Hilde Garosi
Fosco Giachetti ... Garosi
Paul Bernard ... Couturier - le journaliste
Jo Dest ... Forster (as Jodest)
Michel Auclair ... Willy Morus
Anne Campion ... Ingrid Ericksen
Andreas von Halberstadt (as A. Von Halberstadt)
Jean Didier ... Le commandant du sous-marin / The Captain
Lucien Hector ... Ericksen
Jean Lozach (as Lozach)
Karl Münch (as Karl Munch)
Georges Niemann
Max Herman
Claude Vernier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Fuchs ... Bit Part
Carrère ... Bit part (uncredited)
Jeanne Herviale ... La bonne du docteur (uncredited)
Kurt Kronefeld ... Le général Von Hauser (uncredited)
Paul Sabas ... Bit part (uncredited)
Michel Thierry ... Bit part (uncredited)

Directed by
René Clément 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Victor Alexandrov  story
René Clément  adaptation
Jacques Companéez  story
Henri Jeanson  dialogue
Jacques Rémy  adaptation

Produced by
André Paulvé .... producer
Michel Safra .... producer
Paul Wagner .... producer
Original Music by
Yves Baudrier 
Cinematography by
Henri Alekan 
Film Editing by
Roger Dwyre 
Production Design by
Paul Bertrand 
Makeup Department
Paul Clavel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pierre Sabas .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Chevalier .... first assistant director
Claude Clément .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound
Robert Teisseire .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Henri Tiquet .... camera operator
Robert Tomatis .... still photographer

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Also Known As:
"Les maudits" - France (original title)
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105 min
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The character of the newspaper editor is believed to be based on Robert Brasillach, the real-life editor of Je Suis Partout, who was also a film historian.See more »


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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
They all lived in a narrow submarine., 6 August 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

Among all René Clément 's movies dealing with WW2 ("jeux interdits" "la père tranquille" "Paris brûle-t-il?" ...) "les maudits" is simply the best.It might possibly be also Clement's best and I hope many comments will join mine soon.

Nazis are escaping from Germany in 1945 now that the writing's on the wall.They will cross the sea in a submarine and take refuge in South America .Among them ,a general , a manufacturer and his wife (who's the general's lover),a scientist and his daughter,a French collaborator,a "Dritte Reich " die-hard and his minion .The woman is injured and they have no doctor.So,in Royan,they kidnap Guilbert who will be forced to share their desperate odyssey.

Never maybe René Clément's direction has been so impressive:he uses with stunning results the enclosed atmosphere ,where the characters are prisoners:the audience like them is panting for breath.When the doctor enters the place ,the cinematography suggests a descent into hell.

This submarine is really Hell's anteroom.Heightened sensibilities ,suppressed hatred,and reciprocal contempt show because of an unbearable lack of privacy .Guilbert ,the doctor (Vidal) understands that ,because he's not one of "them" ,his days are numbered ,and he's got to play cat and mouse to survive.So strong is the supporting cast that they overshadow the hero (Henri Vidal was a limited actor though).The strange homosexual couple ,Himmler's former henchman (Jo Dest) and his lover (Michel Auclair who gives the most fascinating performance of the whole movie;René Clément met him when he filmed "la Belle et le Bete" with Cocteau ,Auclair played la Belle's brother)are much more than secondary characters.It even includes SM (the nazi whips his minion).

When we leave the submarine-coffin,all we find is the dark waters of an empty sea.And when we call at a harbor in South Africa,we find ourselves in Marcel Dalio's (who was part of "Casablanca" supporting cast!)office,the Venitian blinds of which are carefully lowered;or -in a scene so strong that it rivals the best of Hitchcock-,in the darkness of a coffee warehouse.

This is a must-see movie,which was also remarkable for another reason:everyone speaks his language ,which was not that much obvious at the time,and it adds another suspenseful plus:the hero must not show he understands German.

Henri Jeanson whose sense of humor is intact despite this thoroughly desperate noir story wrote astounding lines:"it looks like Noah's Ark,says the general at the beginning of the film,now all we need is the deluge".

He will not be disappointed.You will not either if you try this Clément overlooked gem.

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