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The Damned

The Damned (Götterdämmerung)

Directed by Luchino Visconti
Italy, West Germany, 1969
Drama, History, LGBT+


The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

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The Damned Directed by Luchino Visconti

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1970 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced

National Board of Review

1970 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Golden Globes (USA)

1970 | Nominee: Most Promising Newcomer – Male

Critics reviews

THE DAMNED is Luchino Visconti’s most polarizing film, an allegory about the rise of Nazism staged like a night at the opera. That it’s an intoxicating piece of filmmaking (The colors seem to be painted in oil) is beyond dispute; the argument has to do with the devotion of so much technical mastery to so distasteful a concept.
February 04, 2010
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What are people saying?

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Damned

    The dubbed version makes it seem like a cheap exploitation film. The non-dubbed version is not much better. I think Bogarde did a much better job in 'The Night Porter'. The true value is in the costumes, set design, and general campiness. It seeks to shock rather than inform.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film The Damned

    Avec un talent rare et un style éblouissant, une tragédie mise en scène comme un somptueux opéra où tous les personnages sont marqués par la fatalité. Un des chefs-d'oeuvre de Visconti entre pertinente leçon d'histoire sur la montée du fascisme et fascinant tableau d'une dégénérescence sociale...

  • EdieMaas's rating of the film The Damned

    Hold onto your boas! Visconti's epic, operatic, high-camp, fur-and-claws, opulent, Oedipal, Nazi melodrama; a glorious 2.5 hour voyeuristic descent into the very same lush hungry self-indulgence as the family on screen, so that I came out flushed & feral & wanting more. Fassbinder claimed to have seen the film 30 times, which I would've greedily joined him for. A lesson & a spectacle. Flawed, fierce & extraordinary.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Damned

    I saw this film at my high school cine-club in the 70's between an Ingmar Bergman and a Luis Buñuel movie. Now, 40 years later, I must say that The Damned don't age very well. Cold, with improbable spotlights à la Bava, The Damned grow pale if one compares it with, let's say, Bob Fosse's Cabaret which deals with the same themes but with far more talent. A big disappointment. Already forgotten.

  • Checkpoint Charlie's rating of the film The Damned

    Much like the respect I have for Fellini's "8 1/2", I respect "The Damned" more than I personally enjoy it. It pioneered a lot of what we have seen expressed in the many other postwar works following it, though items like "Mephisto", "Salo" and even Fassbinder's BRD trilogy seem to supercede "The Damned" in my mind, though it is hard to say they would've been possible without "The Damned" laying the groundwork.

  • Drew Kelly's rating of the film The Damned

    I didn't really ever find a way to enter into this film...there don't seem to be sympathetic or main characters, and actions didn't always make sense to me: something would happen and then it would nullify itself by its opposite happening immediately after. The final wedding scene did intrigue me, when we see Martin has destroyed his whole family, so perhaps I will watch this again with new eyes, hopefully.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film The Damned

    Everybody loves a posh and deranged family. Ingrid Thulin and Charlotte Rampling serving looks throughout the film gave me life, and Helmut Berger played such a bitch of a character. Plus: pedophilia, incest, gay orgies, nazis, drag numbers, murders... The film had everything you could wish for, but it felt too long and the plot/script wasn't very well articulated. Clothes and sets were fab, but the rest... meh.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Damned

    A lumbering curiosity that skids between verbosity and camp. It has a bloated overall structure but is peppered with fine moments of human insight and tension. The addled, sickly feel (intended no doubt) permeates throughout.

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