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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
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"La Caduti dei degli" may take place during Hitler's time.Actually it makes me think of a Shakespearian tragedy.A tragedy with many characters performed by a stellar cast :Helmut Berger,Helmut Griem,Dirk Bogarde,Ingrid Thulin ,all extraordinary thespians.Actually Martin at the beginning of the story is close to Hamlet and Sophie recalls Gertrude.
Nothing predated "la caduti dei degli" except for the long "dinner" scene in Minnelli's " Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" and of course Frank Borzague 's "mortal storm".The three works involve a whole family during the Nazi era.
Admirable scenes:the first pictures, Hell's antechamber; the dinner in the baroque Essenbeck mansion when Berger does his Marlene "Blaue Engel" Dietrich imitation (impressive!); the incest night with an unusually inventive use of light;the orgy; the final "wedding" when a a mushy sentimental song can be heard.
In "Ludwig" three years later,only one character would remain on stage. Visconti was a master.
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