The Damned (La caduta degli dei)

Rated NR 156 minutes 1969

In 1969, The Damned (La caduta degli dei) was director Luchino Visconti's most controversial film to date. Set in the 1930s, the film zeroes in on a Krupp-like family of German munition manufacturers. The Essenbeck clan is headed by the Baron (Rene Kolldehoff), but daughter Sophie (Ingrid Thulin) wants her Nazi boyfriend to take over the business. Soon the Baron is dead and Bruckman (Dirk Bogarde) becomes company president. Son Martin (Helmut Berger) is the dope-addicted teenager who sleeps with his mother and drags her into her own dependence on drugs. Ever in pursuit of more millions to add to their already bulging coffers, the family plays along with the Nazis, descending into corruption, betrayal and murder all along the way. The film was originally released in the U.S. with an X rating.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Luchino Visconti and Enrico Medioli

Writer: Nicola Badalucco

Producer: Ever Haggiag and Alfred Levy

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger and Renaud Verley

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