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Director:
Writers:
Nicola Badalucco (story) &
Enrico Medioli (story) ...
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Release Date:
18 December 1969 (USA) See more »
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He was to become the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany.
Plot:
The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: Luchino Visconti's haunting tale of moral and social decadence See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (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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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, nudity and aberrant sexuality (cut version) (1979)
Runtime:
156 min
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
First part of Luchino Visconti's German Trilogy also including Death in Venice (1971) and Ludwig (1972).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Aschenbach:[showing Sophie the Gestapo's secret file room] These are the most complete archives ever conceived. This is the secret Germany. Nothing is lacking. You can even find your history and Frederick's. Can you believe it? You see it's not very difficult to enter into the lives of people. Every German citizen today is potentially one of our informers. The collective thinking of our people is now complete. Don't you think that is the true miracle of the Third Reich?... If you wish, we could read Konstantine's future together - if he has one.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cabaret (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
Kinder, heut' abend, da such ich mir was ausSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: Luchino Visconti's haunting tale of moral and social decadence, 18 January 2013
Author: Murtaza Ali from India

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.

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