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Director:
Writers:
Nicola Badalucco (story) &
Enrico Medioli (story) ...
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Release Date:
18 December 1969 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He was to become the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany.
Plot:
The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Rigorous classicism. See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dirk Bogarde ... Friedrich Bruckmann

Ingrid Thulin ... Baroness Sophie Von Essenbeck

Helmut Griem ... Aschenbach

Helmut Berger ... Martin Von Essenbeck
Renaud Verley ... Günther Von Essenbeck
Umberto Orsini ... Herbert Thallman

Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Baron Konstantin Von Essenbeck (as René Koldehoff)

Albrecht Schoenhals ... Baron Joachim Von Essenbeck (as Albrecht Schönhals)

Florinda Bolkan ... Olga
Nora Ricci ... Governess

Charlotte Rampling ... Elisabeth Thallman
Irina Wanka ... Lisa Keller
Karin Mittendorf ... Thilde Thallman
Valentina Ricci ... Erika Thalman
Wolfgang Hillinger ... Janek
Bill Vanders ... Chief of Police
Howard Nelson Rubien ... Dean of the University (as H. Nelson Rubien)
Werner Hasselmann ... Gestapo Officer
Peter Dane ... Steelmill Clerk
Mark Salvage ... Police Inspector

Karl-Otto Alberty ... 1st Officer Wehrmacht (as Karl Otto Alberty)
John Frederick ... 2nd Officer Wehrmacht
Richard Beach ... 3rd Officer Wehrmacht
Klaus Höhne ... 1st S.A. Officer (as Claus Höhne)
Ernst Kuhr ... 2nd S.A. Officer
Peter Brandt ... 3rd S.A. Officer
Wolfgang Ehrlich ... S.A. Militiaman
Ester Carloni ... 1st Maid (as Esterina Carloni)
Antonietta Fiorito ... 2nd Maid (as Antonietta Fiorita)

Jessica Dublin ... Nurse
Piero Morgia ... Young man in shirt-sleeves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karl Hass
Judith Burnett ... Helga (uncredited)

Al Cliver ... SS Soldier (uncredited)
Giada Desideri ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Michele Scalera ... Innkeeper (uncredited)

Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
 
Writing credits
Nicola Badalucco (story and screenplay) &
Enrico Medioli (story and screenplay) &
Luchino Visconti (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Attilio D'Onofrio .... associate producer
Ever Haggiag .... producer
Alfred Levy .... producer
Pietro Notarianni .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis (director of photography) (as Pasquale De Santis)
Armando Nannuzzi (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
 
Production Design by
Vincenzo Del Prato  (as Enzo Del Prato)
 
Art Direction by
Pasquale Romano 
 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
 
Makeup Department
Mauro Gavazzi .... makeup artist
Luciano Vito .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Giuseppe Bordogni .... general manager
Anna Davini .... production supervisor
Ernst Egerer .... production supervisor
Hugo Leeb .... production supervisor
Umberto Sambuco .... production supervisor
Bruno Sassaroli .... production supervisor
Gilberto Scarpellini .... production supervisor
Giuseppe Bordogni .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albino Cocco .... assistant director
Fanny Wessling .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Giuseppe Ranieri .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Renato Cadueri .... dubbing mixer
Vittorio Trentino .... sound engineer
Primiano Muratori .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Aldo Gasparri .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giuseppe Bernardini .... camera operator (as Giuseppe Berardini)
Mario Cimini .... assistant camera
Nino Cristiani .... camera operator
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vera Marzot .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Lea Mazzocchi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
 
Other crew
Mario Maldesi .... dialogue director
Rometta Pietrostefani .... continuity
Giancarlo Giannini .... voice dubbing: Helmut Berger (uncredited)
Sergio Graziani .... voice dubbing: Helmut Griem (uncredited)
Melina Martello .... voice dubbing: Charlotte Rampling (uncredited)
Anna Miserocchi .... voice dubbing: Ingrid Thulin (uncredited)
Luigi Vannucchi .... voice dubbing: Dirk Bogarde (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Damned" - International (English title) (imdb display title), USA (imdb display title)
"Die Verdammten (Götterdämmerung)" - West Germany (imdb display title)
"La caduta degli Dei" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Luchino Visconti's The Damned" - USA (poster title)
"Luchino Viscontis Die Verdammten" - West Germany (poster title)
"Les damnés" - Belgium (French title) (imdb display title), Canada (French title), France (imdb display title)
"La caída de los dioses" - Argentina, Spain
"Гибель богов" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Прокълнатите" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"De Fordömda" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"De lange knives nat" - Denmark
"De verdoemden" - Belgium (Flemish title) (imdb display title)
"De verdoemden" - Netherlands (imdb display title)
"Elátkozottak" - Hungary
"Gmertebis Dagupva" - Georgia (imdb display title)
"Jigoku ni ochita yûjadomo" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Kadotetut" - Finland
"Lanetliler" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Les damnés (Götterdämmerung)" - France (poster title)
"Oi kataramenoi" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Os Deuses Malditos" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Os Malditos" - Portugal
"Sumrak bogova" - Serbia (imdb display title)
"Zmierzch bogów" - Poland
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, nudity and aberrant sexuality (edited version)
Runtime:
156 min
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (2001) | France:12 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:18 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #40615) (edited version) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
French censorship certificate #36763See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Throughout the film, SS-Captain Aschenbach is referred to as a "Hauptsturmfuhrer". However, prior to 1934 (when the film is set) the SS referred to the rank of Captain as "Sturmhauptfuhrer".See more »
Quotes:
Frederick Bruckmann:[to Martin] I'll make you pay for that, you little swine!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Luchino Visconti (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Nachts ging das TelefonSee more »

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68 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Rigorous classicism., 1 April 2004
Author: FilmSnobby from San Diego

Pauline Kael famously called this movie "hysterical" (she was contrasting it to Bertolucci's *The Conformist*, which was supposed to be more "lyrical".) Well, a movie about decadent Nazis is bound to be a little hysterical -- what, were you expecting something tasteful? Hysteria is probably the best mode with which to treat the Third Reich. What's astounding is that director Luchino Visconti forced his sweaty, hysterical visuals into a rigid classical structure. The set-up is pure clockwork: one betrayal leading to another; one devastation opening up an even deeper abyss for another perpetrator.

Basically, Visconti is taking on *Macbeth*, here. Dirk Bogarde plays the Macbeth figure, an up-and-coming industrialist who's sleeping with an evil Grande Dame of Nazi finance, Sophie von Essenbeck (Ingrid Thulin, having an absolute ball), heiress to a munitions conglomerate. (The von Essenbecks are loosely based on the Krupps, but don't take this as any sort of literal historiography.) Thulin eggs on her lover Bogarde to commit a few politic murders and a frame-up or two so that he can take over the family business, with herself as the power behind the throne. But she doesn't count on the pathology of her grown son from a previous marriage, the hideous little monster Martin (Helmut Berger, acting terribly but it sort of fits in an Udo Kier-sort of way). Martin is your typical Nazi: a closet pedophile, a drug addict, a transvestite, a momma's-boy, a you-name-it. The scenes involving his seduction of a 9- or 10-year-old girl who lives in a shabby apartment complex are some of the most disturbing that you'll ever see in cinema . . . and along those lines, I seriously wonder about the state of mind of some of the commentators here who find this movie to be high camp, to be watched with drinking buddies. If you think molestation is funny, you'd better see a shrink, pal.

Anyway. The plot is so Byzantine that it finally defeats a brief summary. Let it suffice to say that Visconti manages to cram his complicated story neatly within the historical context of the period between the Reichstag Fire and the Night of the Long Knives, thereby maintaining a nutty observance of Classical Unities. All the while, he films the thing in Hammer-horror Pop color, with intense contrast between shadow and light. The first scene, by the way, is a shot of the blasting furnaces of the munitions factory -- a fitting intro to the horrendous vision of depravity which soon follows. Everyone's sweating in this movie: drops of perspiration trickle down temples, and beads of sweat glisten on upper lips throughout, as if the flames of Hell are licking up at the soles of their collective feet. *The Damned* is a feverish masterpiece. You'll never forget it. Highest recommendation.

(A tip for viewing of the DVD: I recommend that you watch the movie with the English subtitles ON. While everyone speaks English in the film, only Bogarde is clearly intelligible. Owing to the complicated plot, you'll need to know what's going on in order to fully appreciate Visconti's thematic design.)

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