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

R  |   |  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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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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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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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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French censorship certificate; -13. See more »

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The film opens on the night of the Reichstag Fire (27 February 1933). However, later that night (or early the next morning) the police inspector investigating the murder of Joachim, in dictating a report to a secretary, gives the date as 18 February 1933. See more »

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Herbert Thallman: It's all over, Gunther. It was everyone's fault, even mine. It does no good to raise one's voice when it's too late, not even to save your soul. The fear of a proletariat revolution, which would've thrown the entire country to the left... was too great, and now we can't defend it any longer! Nazism, Gunther, is our creation. It was born in our factories, nourished with our money!
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A Ingrid Thulin Masterpiece
11 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Caduta degli dei, La is one of the most shocking movies in screen history. I truthfully don't believe this film could be made today, it's just too perverted.

Swedish actress Ingrid Thulin of Wild Strawberries fame is fantastic as a ruthless countess who will do anything, and I mean anything to achieve her desires for power. About 44 years old in 1969, Thulin presents a sexy and dangerous screen aura. She's blonde, lanky, and uses her stunning exotic looks and fit body to get what she wants.

This film is very demented, but it's symbolic of the fall of normality in Germany as the Nazi Party gains power. Scenes of gay orgies, nude men, gay cross dressers, and child molestation leave a bitter taste in your mouth. However, Ingrid Thulin's scene in which her sexually mixed-up son strips before her and then tears off her top is even further over the top. Thulin plays the part to perfection and as she lays half-naked in bed both crying tears of agony and moans in excitement, it's an outstanding symbolic scene of the damnation that over-took Germany.

Ingrid Thulin's greatest and most controversial scene role.


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