Les Maudits (The Damned) Reviews
December 9, 2008
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.
December 23, 2007
'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.
October 8, 2013
Les Maudits (1947)
This post-war french movie is very interesting, especially seeing German characters speaking french (no doubt with a German accent). I never saw René Clément's movie, "Is Paris Burning?" (1966) but this movie makes me want to see it.
This one is about a bunch of Nazis and Nazi sympathizers, towards the end of the war, getting on board a U-Boat bound for South America. One of the passengers gets hurt during a depth charge attack, so they sneak into France and kidnap a doctor.
The doctor knows that he's dead meat as soon as they reach their destination and tries to do anything he can to survive including making friends with who he can. We also get a glimpse of some people who were staunch supporters of the wrong side for whatever reasons crammed inside the claustrophobic confines of this submarine.
May 21, 2008
Yes, and to think that the people this movie was based on are still one of the ruling class families in Germany!
September 24, 2007
Not one of Visconti's best films, but indeed a heavy and strong one.
Many may not see the profound meaning of this fil, Visconti's intention is to create sort of a metaphor comparing a family to Germany's descent. There are many grotesque images throughout the movie, that for some may not be tolerable, perhaps of perversion, murder, pedophilia, homosexuality and drug addiction. But you come to understand that these are put there by the mere intention of the director, to sketch the moral descent of Germany as a country.
The highlight or climax of the movie is almost at the end, the famous "Night of the long knives", where we see a party going on, women and men almost naked, and where we see homosexuality at its best.
Indeed a strong movie, but definitely worth watching.
January 16, 2007
i wish icould make it a better rating. the movie should be betterut its not. but there r some good things. sum1 said hes not interesting cuz he oudl not have to censor things nemore. dunnobut if u like movies u shoudl see it.
June 23, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
(1947) Les Maudits/ The Damned
(In French with English subtitles)
The setting takes place just during the end of the second World War with a U-boat full of Nazi sympathizers, including French and Italian passengers planning to settle in South America for a possible industrialization to support Hitler's cause. All is well until one of the female passengers injures herself with a bad head concussion, forcing them to go undercover to kidnap a French doctor who eventually takes over to narrate his incredible voyage. Sometimes slow, but still fascinating that has never been done before.
3 out of 4 stars