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The Damned (1969)

La caduta degli dei (Götterdämmerung) (original title)
The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Nicola Badalucco (story and screenplay), Enrico Medioli (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Irina Wanka ... Lisa Keller
Karin Mittendorf Karin Mittendorf ... Thilde Thallman
Valentina Ricci Valentina Ricci ... Erika Thalman
Wolfgang Hillinger 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.

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

18 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luchino Visconti's The Damned See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first X-rated film to be shown on American network television, although heavily edited and in a late-night time slot. See more »

Goofs

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

Herbert Thallman: All right. My resignation has been ready for some time, Joachim. If this is what you're asking.
Joachim Von Essenbeck: I'm forced to do it, Herbert. Against my will, and without strong conviction, but... the steel works!
Herbert Thallman: Yes, right or wrong, they must always come first. That has always been your creed. You even sent your son to the slaughter so you could say "You see, the Essenbecks put children and cannons into the world with the same sentiment, and with the same sentiment they'll be buried!"
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Alternate Versions

The 2004 Warner Brothers Region 1 DVD is the full uncut 157-minute version. Originally rated X, it was re-rated R when resubmitted to the MPAA. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Costumes from the Films of Visconti (1978) 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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A Ingrid Thulin Masterpiece
11 February 2006 | by legwarmers1980See 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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