The Damned Reviews
Pretty good. Originally entitled "The Fall of the Gods." A period piece set in Germany 1933-1934 during the first year or so of Hitler's Fascist Third Reich following a hostile takeover of the government by the Nazis. The Macbeth-style plot centers on a family of wealthy German steel, munitions manufacturers, whose senior members are vying for control of the business. As things heat up politically all around them, things get very personal within the family, rivalries deepen, and quickly become cut-throat. It is ultimately a winner-take-all situation with no room for compromise. The film captures the dark and dangerous tone of this ruthless struggle pretty well. As the business takes off up towards the pinnacle of its material success with the rise of the Nazis in their bid for global domination, the family is torn apart and falls to its lowest level morally and ethically. Some have suggested a veiled reference to the Krupp family in this story.
Features a studied look at the lofty upper echelon of early 20th century German society, its wealth and privileged lifestyle fostering a greedy and aberrant sense of entitlement. Period costumes and lavish set details. Plenty of deviant behavior to go around as family members indulge themselves and their corrupt vices. This is a highly dysfunctional group of people. Innocent individuals drawn into the fray are nothing but collateral damage. Violence within the context of the story is not unreasonable given what is known about the Nazis and their hard-line attitudes. Helmut Berger gives an interesting impersonation of Marlene Dietrich.
Visualmente es hermosa, fría, rígida, sofisticada.
El como la ideología nazi afecta a una familia, las intrigas que se generan, los odios que se despiertan pero tal vez este ideología solo es la excusa para sacar lo mas perverso de nosotros mismos.
El casting es maravilloso y la escena donde sale Helmut Berger travestido de Marlene Dietrich es WOW!