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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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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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1.66 : 1
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This was the first X-rated film to be shown on American network television, although heavily edited and in a late-night time slot. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, SS-Captain Aschenbach is referred to as a "Hauptsturmfuhrer". However, prior to 1934 (when the film is set) the SS referred to the rank of Captain as "Sturmhauptfuhrer". See more »

Quotes

Sophie Von Essenbeck: Don't fool yourself, however, Elizabeth. Don't dream of coming back one day to find a Germany which was so dear to your heart. It's finished, that Germany, forever. There will be no other Germany but this one, and you will not be able to escape it for it will spread before you know it all over Europe and everywhere!
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Soundtracks

Kinder, heut' abend, da such ich mir was aus
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Performed by Helmut Berger
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics by Robert Liebmann
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Masterpiece
6 August 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Most of the previous reviews noted the link in this sumptuous piece of high camp with Hamlet, but only one noted the secondary English title was a direct reference to Wagner's Twilight of the Gods. Presenting the rise of Nazism as a camp Wagnerian Soap Opera was what Visconti was after, I think. He succeeds brilliantly. Yes, it is distasteful in it's perversions, but Nazism was pretty distasteful in it's reality, and perverted too. I am not gay, but the Night of the Long Knives is one of the most memorable bits of cinematography I have seen- a cross dressing SA thug by the Wannansee having a premonition of doom at the hands of the SS- go figure! Thulin and Rampling are superb, Bogarde believable (in an utterly unbelievable role), and Berger chews the carpet in a way that gives overacting a good name. Not to be missed.


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