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The Damned (1969)
"La caduta degli dei (Götterdämmerung)" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  18 December 1969 (USA)
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The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Friedrich Bruckmann
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Helmut Griem ...
Aschenbach
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Renaud Verley ...
Günther Von Essenbeck
Umberto Orsini ...
Herbert Thallman
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
Baron Konstantin Von Essenbeck (as René Koldehoff)
Albrecht Schoenhals ...
Baron Joachim Von Essenbeck (as Albrecht Schönhals)
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Olga
Nora Ricci ...
Governess
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Elisabeth Thallman
Irina Wanka ...
Lisa Keller
Karin Mittendorf ...
Thilde Thallman
Valentina Ricci ...
Erika Thalman
Wolfgang Hillinger ...
Janek
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Storyline

The power and fortune of the Von Essenbeck family remained intact even when Germany lost the great war and during the depression that followed. Now it's 1934 and the baron has summoned his family to a dinner that also brings a cousin rising in the Nazi party to the great house accompanied by a rising manager at the baron's company. Two little girls recite poetry in the parlor and then play hide-and-seek with their cousin Martin. Suddenly there is a scream. The baron has been shot with their father's gun and the father flees the country. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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german | baron | nazi | germany | third reich | See more »

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He was to become the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany.

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Rated R for violence, nudity and aberrant sexuality | See all certifications »

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18 December 1969 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 54737 delivered on 11-10-1969. See more »

Goofs

In the massacre scene of SA men, the SS are shown using MP-38 sub-machine guns. However the movie is set in 1934, 4 years before the MP-38 were in production for the German armed forces. See more »

Quotes

Herbert Thallman: All right. My resignation has been ready for some time, Joachim. If this is what you're asking.
Joachim Von Essenbeck: I'm forced to do it, Herbert. Against my will, and without strong conviction, but... the steel works!
Herbert Thallman: Yes, right or wrong, they must always come first. That has always been your creed. You even sent your son to the slaughter so you could say "You see, the Essenbecks put children and cannons into the world with the same sentiment, and with the same sentiment they'll be buried!"
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Referenced in Christmas Eve '45 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Kinder, heut' abend, da such ich mir was aus
(uncredited)
Performed by Helmut Berger
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics by Robert Liebmann
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Visconti masterpiece
28 July 2004 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

This really is Luchino Visconti's magnum opus - The Damned is an utterly engrossing work of art that grabs you from the start and doesn't relinquish its grip until the final frames. The accents from the international cast takes a little getting used to - the soundtrack is in English (some sync sound, some dubbed) and Dirk Bogarde's refined English accent doesn't really suit the part of a German industrialist at first but once you get used to these incongruities the cast seems perfect! The cinematography is beautiful, capturing the decaying elegance perfectly. The score by Maurice Jarre adds to the atmosphere nicely even if it is a little reminiscent of Dr Zhivago. The film's themes are quite challenging and sometimes uncomfortable to watch but it's always compelling and absorbing even at 2 hours 35 minutes.


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