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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.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Nicola Badalucco (story and screenplay), Enrico Medioli (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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 World War I, 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 (Helmut Berger). 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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$625,315
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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 movie to be shown on American network television, although heavily edited, and in a late-night time slot. 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

Sophie Von Essenbeck: Nothing is impossible in this country.
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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

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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