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The Damned (1969)

La caduta degli dei (Götterdämmerung) (original title)
R | | Drama, War | 18 December 1969 (USA)
The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

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Cast

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Renaud Verley ...
Günther Von Essenbeck
Umberto Orsini ...
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Baron Konstantin Von Essenbeck (as René Koldehoff)
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Baron Joachim Von Essenbeck (as Albrecht Schönhals)
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Nora Ricci ...
Governess
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Irina Wanka ...
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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Drama | War

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

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First part of Luchino Visconti's German Trilogy also including Death in Venice (1971) and Ludwig (1973). 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

Frederick Bruckmann: I accepted a ruthless logic, and I can never get away from it!
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Connections

Referenced in Magnat (1987) See more »

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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A Ingrid Thulin Masterpiece
11 February 2006 | by 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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