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18 December 1969 (USA) See more »
He was to become the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany.
The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dirk Bogarde ... Friedrich Bruckmann

Ingrid Thulin ... Baroness Sophie Von Essenbeck
Helmut Griem ... Aschenbach

Helmut Berger ... Martin Von Essenbeck
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)

Florinda Bolkan ... Olga
Nora Ricci ... Governess

Charlotte Rampling ... Elisabeth Thallman
Irina Wanka ... Lisa Keller
Karin Mittendorf ... Thilde Thallman
Valentina Ricci ... Erika Thalman
Wolfgang Hillinger ... Janek
Bill Vanders ... Chief of Police
Howard Nelson Rubien ... Dean of the University (as H. Nelson Rubien)
Werner Hasselmann ... Gestapo Officer
Peter Dane ... Steelmill Clerk
Mark Salvage ... Police Inspector
Karl-Otto Alberty ... 1st Officer Wehrmacht (as Karl Otto Alberty)
John Frederick ... 2nd Officer Wehrmacht
Richard Beach ... 3rd Officer Wehrmacht
Klaus Höhne ... 1st S.A. Officer (as Claus Höhne)
Ernst Kuhr ... 2nd S.A. Officer
Peter Brandt ... 3rd S.A. Officer
Wolfgang Ehrlich ... S.A. Militiaman
Ester Carloni ... 1st Maid (as Esterina Carloni)
Antonietta Fiorito ... 2nd Maid (as Antonietta Fiorita)

Jessica Dublin ... Nurse
Piero Morgia ... Young man in shirt-sleeves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karl Hass
Judith Burnett ... Helga (uncredited)
Al Cliver ... SS Soldier (uncredited)
Giada Desideri ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Michele Scalera ... Innkeeper (uncredited)

Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
Writing credits
Nicola Badalucco (story and screenplay) &
Enrico Medioli (story and screenplay) &
Luchino Visconti (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Attilio D'Onofrio .... associate producer
Ever Haggiag .... producer
Alfred Levy .... producer
Pietro Notarianni .... executive producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis (director of photography) (as Pasquale De Santis)
Armando Nannuzzi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
Production Design by
Vincenzo Del Prato  (as Enzo Del Prato)
Art Direction by
Pasquale Romano 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
Makeup Department
Mauro Gavazzi .... makeup artist
Luciano Vito .... hair stylist
Production Management
Giuseppe Bordogni .... general manager
Anna Davini .... production supervisor
Ernst Egerer .... production supervisor
Hugo Leeb .... production supervisor
Umberto Sambuco .... production supervisor
Bruno Sassaroli .... production supervisor
Gilberto Scarpellini .... production supervisor
Giuseppe Bordogni .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albino Cocco .... assistant director
Fanny Wessling .... assistant director
Art Department
Giuseppe Ranieri .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Renato Cadueri .... dubbing mixer
Vittorio Trentino .... sound engineer
Primiano Muratori .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Aldo Gasparri .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Giuseppe Bernardini .... camera operator (as Giuseppe Berardini)
Mario Cimini .... assistant camera
Nino Cristiani .... camera operator
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vera Marzot .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Lea Mazzocchi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Other crew
Mario Maldesi .... dialogue director
Rometta Pietrostefani .... continuity
Giancarlo Giannini .... voice dubbing: Helmut Berger (uncredited)
Sergio Graziani .... voice dubbing: Helmut Griem (uncredited)
Melina Martello .... voice dubbing: Charlotte Rampling (uncredited)
Anna Miserocchi .... voice dubbing: Ingrid Thulin (uncredited)
Luigi Vannucchi .... voice dubbing: Dirk Bogarde (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La caduta degli dei (Götterdämmerung)" - Italy (original title)
"Luchino Visconti's The Damned" - USA (poster title)
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Rated R for violence, nudity and aberrant sexuality (cut version) (1979)
156 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (2001) | France:-12 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:18 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:R (cut version) (1979) | West Germany:16

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First part of Luchino Visconti's German Trilogy also including Death in Venice (1971) and Ludwig (1972).See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Aschenbach:But he who wants to become master of all, even himself, who deludes himself into thinking he is able to make his own decisions to thinking himself. That, no. You don't have these pretensions - right, Martin?See more »
Kinder, heut' abend, da such ich mir was ausSee more »


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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Visconti masterpiece, 28 July 2004
Author: kevin-jones from London England

This really is Luchino Visconti's magnum opus - The Damned is an utterly engrossing work of art that grabs you from the start and doesn't relinquish its grip until the final frames. The accents from the international cast takes a little getting used to - the soundtrack is in English (some sync sound, some dubbed) and Dirk Bogarde's refined English accent doesn't really suit the part of a German industrialist at first but once you get used to these incongruities the cast seems perfect! The cinematography is beautiful, capturing the decaying elegance perfectly. The score by Maurice Jarre adds to the atmosphere nicely even if it is a little reminiscent of Dr Zhivago. The film's themes are quite challenging and sometimes uncomfortable to watch but it's always compelling and absorbing even at 2 hours 35 minutes.

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