Les Maudits (The Damned) (1947)


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In 1969, The Damned (La caduta degli dei) was director Luchino Visconti's most controversial film to date. Set in the 1930s, the film zeroes in on a Krupp-like family of German munition manufacturers. The Essenbeck clan is headed by the Baron (Rene Kolldehoff), but daughter Sophie (Ingrid Thulin) wants her Nazi boyfriend to take over the business. Soon the Baron is dead and Bruckman (Dirk Bogarde) becomes company president. Son Martin (Helmut Berger) is the dope-addicted teenager who sleeps with … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Niccola Badalucco, Enrico Medioli, Nicola Badalucco
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On DVD: Feb 17, 2004
Warner Home Video



as Frederick Bruckmann

as Sophie Von Essenbeck

as Aschenbach

as Martin Von Essenbeck

as Gunther von Essenbec...

as Herbert

as Baron Konstantin Von...

as Baron Joachim von Es...

as Elisabeth Thallman

as Governess

as Commissar

as Lisa Keller

as Thilde Thallman

as Gestapo Officer

as Steelmill Cerk

as 1st Officer Wehrmach...

as 2nd Officer Wehrmach...

as 3rd Officer Wehrmach...

as Willy Morus

as Hilde Garosi

as The Physician

as Couturier

as Forster

as 1st SA Officer
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Critic Reviews for Les Maudits (The Damned)

All Critics (3)

Exciting WW II thriller.

Full Review… | October 16, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This poignancy may not translate to modern audiences whose ideas of postwar France revolves around a completely different war and a completely new France.

Full Review… | September 18, 2013

What makes the film is the atmosphere of claustrophobia and dread that Clément creates.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Les Maudits (The Damned)


Based on a family's foray into unadulterated corruption during the third Reich. Initially, the relationships of the various characters were difficult to follow, but their manipulations and depravity slowly and memorably reveal their personalities. Debauchery and decadence are intrinsic within the Nazi regime. Helmut Berger's performance is amazing as he transforms from a dandy to a completely evil and ruthless man. The ending is incredible.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


'The fall of the gods' it's the original and perfect title for this jarring shakespearean/greek like retelling, set in the morbid, decadent days of nazi Germany, told with Visconti's visual richness. Precursor of a whole new and very popular subgenre, the "sadiconazista" or "naziexploitation" fashioned/chic nazi erotic movies that pullulated Italy in the 70s (Il portiere di notte, Saló or Salon Kitty to name a few) it later reached America (Ilsa-she wolf of the ss) and even Hollywood (Cabaret). Essential chapter about the insanity of power.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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