Les Maudits (The Damned)
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Les Maudits (The Damned)
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… More

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"Exciting WW II thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This poignancy may not translate to modern audiences whose ideas of postwar France revolves around a completely different war and a completely new France."
‑ J.C. Maçek III, PopMatters
"What makes the film is the atmosphere of claustrophobia and dread that Clément creates."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
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