The Damned (Les maudits) (1947)



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Oslo, April 19th 1945, as the Third Reich is living its last days, a group of Nazis and sympathizers (a Wehrmacht general; an SS commander and his "assistant"; an Italian industrialist and his wife who is also the general's lover; a French collaborator) board a submarine that will take them to South America, where they hope to find refuge. While they sail in the Bay of Biscay, off the shores of the liberated French port of Royan, they manage to kidnap a French doctor to have him look after a wounded passenger. Dr Gilbert will be forced to share the restricted space of the submarine with the fugitives. The atmosphere soon becomes unbreathable..

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Henri Vidal
as The Physician
Florence Marly
as Hilde Garosi
Paul Bernard
as Couturier

Critic Reviews for The Damned (Les maudits)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Clément conjures up some good suspense sequences as the doctor hatches a plan to escape in an inflatable dinghy, though what really powers the story is the director's icy contempt for his ship of fools.

May 5, 2016 | Full Review…

The characters are well drawn, notably M. Paul Bernard as the collaborationist, and there is a magnificent bit of acting by Dalio, which is well worth a hearing.

Nov 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Exciting WW II thriller.

Oct 16, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

Sep 18, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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

Aug 21, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Damned (Les maudits)


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
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
Pierluigi Puccini

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