MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,385 this week

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

 -  Drama  -  18 December 1969 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 4,561 users  
Reviews: 53 user | 38 critic

The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 11 May 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 05 Oct 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 15 Oct 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Damned" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Damned (1969)

The Damned (1969) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Damned.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Retired professor of American origin lives solitary life in luxurious palazzo in Rome He is confronted by vulgar Italian marchesa and her companions: her lover, her daughter and daughter's ... See full summary »

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano
Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based on Gustav Mahler) travels to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose after a period... See full summary »

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns
L'innocente (1976)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Tullio Hermil is a chauvinist aristocrat who flaunts his mistress to his wife, but when he believes she has been unfaithful he becomes enamored of her again.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O'Neill
The Stranger (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In an atmosphere of political tension when the French still control Algiers, an Algerian is killed on the beach and a French man who has lived in Algiers all his life is arrested for the ... See full summary »

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Karina, Bernard Blier
Senso (1954)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Farley Granger, Alida Valli, Heinz Moog
Sandra (1965)
Drama | Mystery | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Sandra returns to her childhood village to take care of family business, but her childhood memories and secrets soon overcome her.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Jean Sorel, Michael Craig
Bellissima (1952)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella
Ossessione (1943)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Maria Schell, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean Marais
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Luchino Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli, Antonio Arcidiacono
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot
The Leopard (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Friedrich Bruckmann
...
Helmut Griem ...
Aschenbach
...
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)
...
Olga
Nora Ricci ...
Governess
...
Elisabeth Thallman
Irina Wanka ...
Lisa Keller
Karin Mittendorf ...
Thilde Thallman
Valentina Ricci ...
Erika Thalman
Wolfgang Hillinger ...
Janek
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

18 December 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Luchino Visconti's The Damned  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Finnish censorship certificate register # 78047 delivered on 3-11-1969. See more »

Goofs

The film is set between 1933-1934, yet most of the insignia and badges, shown worn on the German military and Nazi Party uniforms, were not invented until after 1938. See more »

Quotes

Martin Von Essenbeck: I will destroy you, Mother!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Money Programme (1972) 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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: Luchino Visconti's haunting tale of moral and social decadence
18 January 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Italian filmmaker Luchino Viconti's 1969 film "The Damned" is a haunting work of art that may quite easily be regarded as one of the boldest and most disturbing works in the whole of cinema. The Damned is a testament to the genius of Visconti who at the height of his power produced cinema that not only transcended the conventional boundaries but also had the courage to tackle themes that even today are considered forbidden. The Damned is often described as hysterical, but what can a movie that's set during the tumultuous phase of Nazi holocaust be anything but hysterical? The movie adorns a stellar international cast (led by Ingrid Thulin and Dirk Bogarde) and it does take sometime to get used to their different accents. A casual viewer can be further unruffled by movie's convoluted plot. But, patience does have its rewards and in this case, tenfold.

Those who have already watched another of Visconti's masterpieces, Death in Venice would be greatly surprised to witness the Italian maestro's range as an auteur. The subtlety and timidness that underline Death in Venice are completely absent here, at least in an explicit sense, and are replaced by the expressions of brusqueness and chutzpah in full effect. Dirk Bogarde plays a Macbeth-like character with religious fervor. While his remarkable performance in Death in Venice is easily his best ever (arguably one of the all time best performances in the history of cinema) his portrayal of an insecure usurper in The Damned is nothing short of outstanding. But, the real star of the show is Ingrid Thulin. Anyone who has seen her in Ingmar Bergman's Winter Light will get the shock of his/her life. As the imperious, glacial, ravishing Sophie Von Essenbeck in The Damned, Thulin is a sight for the sore eyes, an elixir for the perturbed souls, a poltergeist for the envious. Helmut Berger as Sophie's effeminate son Martin Von Essenbeck is equally chilling.

The Damned is replete with homosexuality, incest, gore and endless grotesqueries, and even makes most contemporary holocaust films like Schindler's List and The Pianist appear ridiculously juvenile. The Damned is a profoundly disturbing work of cinema that captures the pervasive insanity of the holocaust days as an irrefutable proof of the diabolical, debasing, animalistic character that defines the dark side of human psyche. The Damned is not meant for the faint-hearted and can only be savored by eschewing bigotry, prejudice, and conservatism.

http://www.apotpourriofvestiges.com/


12 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did the massacre at Bad Wiese actually happen? hootson21
What scenes were cut from original? Krystine-3
Did Visconti want Klaus Kinski for this one? javier-rodriguez-c
Language-subtitles? johnnewyork
Question on the End (sp.) dukeofauge
Deleted scenes with Dirk Bogarde mark-jan
Discuss The Damned (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?