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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Finnish censorship certificate register # 78047 delivered on 3-11-1969. 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: [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 ...
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Alternate Versions

When "The Damned" was first acquired by CBS for its premiere TV broadcast in the early 1970s, so many cuts were required to meet the much stricter (at the time) network censor guidelines that one CBS executive joked that the movie should be retitled "The Darned". This heavily cut print was shown numerous times during the early and mid-1970's. See more »

Connections

References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Nachts ging das Telefon
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Performed by Zarah Leander
Written by Walter Kollo
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Visconti masterpiece
28 July 2004 | by kevin-jonesSee all my reviews

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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