The Damned (Les maudits) (1947)
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Critic Reviews for The Damned (Les maudits)
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.
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.
This poignancy may not translate to modern audiences whose ideas of postwar France revolves around a completely different war and a completely new France.
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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.
Yes, and to think that the people this movie was based on are still one of the ruling class families in Germany!
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.
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