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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..
Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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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.

Full Review… | May 5, 2016
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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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2016
The Spectator

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 The Damned (Les maudits)

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.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

Yes, and to think that the people this movie was based on are still one of the ruling class families in Germany!

Susan Daly
Susan Daly

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

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