The Damned

La caduta degli dei AKA Götterdämmerung, feature film, war drama, Italy, West Germany, 1969

DIRECTED BY: Luchino Visconti

The Damned

Dirk Bogarde (Friedrich Bruckmann),
Ingrid Thulin (barunica Sophie Von Essenbeck),
Helmut Griem (Aschenbach),
Helmut Berger (Martin Von Essenbeck),
Renaud Verley (Günther Von Essenbeck)

Luchino Visconti,
Nicola Badalucco,
Enrico Medioli

Pasqualino De Santis,
Armando Nannuzzi

Maurice Jarre

Ruggero Mastroianni

This is a story of the rise and fall of industrialist Von Essenbeck’s, (alluding to the Krupps’) family. The head of the family is Konstantin Von Essenbeck, whose daughter Sophia asks him to let her lover, Nazi sympathizer Frederick Bruckman, take over the family’s company. After Konstantin’s death, that is what happens. Martin, Konstantin’s teenage son is a drug addict and has an incestuous relationship with his mother, who also becomes addicted to drugs. In the constant pursuit to put more money into their vault, the family plays ball with the Nazis, falling deeper and deeper into the world of corruption, betrayal and murders… Many critics believe that this dramatic portrayal of Nazi Germany was done in a baroque and Wagnerian manner. It won many awards, such as the award from the Italian Film Critics Association (Sindacato nazionale giornalisti cinematografici italiani) for the best director and it was nominated for an Oscar in the category of the best original screenplay.

color, 156'