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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 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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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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Footage shot during the "Night of the Long Knives" sequence but never shown previously in the United States is restored in the 2004 DVD release. It is in subtitled German and expands the running time to 156 minutes. 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

Aschenbach: Calm yourself. I didn't bring you here to blackmail you. Konstantin has already tried. It didn't bring him any luck. And then to put you in real trouble. You, the son of a hero, the true hero, the only Von Essenbeck... just because a little Jewess had the bad taste to hang herself. Didn't you know? *Jew*. According to the New Order, your's isn't even a crime. In fact, it's... But, that's not enough say we are friends... or allies.
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Referenced in Salon Kitty (1976) 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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"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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