The Damned (La caduta degli dei)
The Damned (La caduta degli dei) (1969)

The rise of Nazism as reflected within a decadent German industrialist family.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 18, 1969
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

A spectacle of such greedy passion, such uncompromising sensation, and such obscene shock that it makes you realize how small and safe and ordinary most movies are.

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Cole Smithey

By boldly confronting the psycho-sexual depravity of the Nazi mindset, all the way through to is inevitable incestuous nature, Visconti creates a specific cinematic vernacular for viewing and discussing Hitler's manic ideology.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

The Damned is a lot of things - bilious and perverse are the two first adjectives that spring to mind - but one thing it is not is a film of half-measures.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Even if somewhat remarkable in scope as a Nazi decadence pic, it's all so ponderous and repulsive."

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visual remarkable, endlessly inventive critque of Hitler's Germany.

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Dan Jardine

Occassionally overflows with self-indulgence and didacticism, weakening an otherwise and often potent critique

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Imperfect and excessive -- and also essential.

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Emanuel Levy

Lavishly mounted, Visconti's melodramatic spectacle draws parallels between the demise of a German rich and powerful clan and the rise of Hitler to power. One of the 1960s most popular and controversial international productions.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

By the end of the opening sequence, the film has already indulged in pan-sexuality, corporate backstabbing, anti-reactionary suppression, pedophilia, and murder plots.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The first half is fascinating, showing the depravity of the rising Nazism reflected on the decay of the Essenbeck family. After that, however, it seems like… More
Stefanie C
Based on a family's foray into unadulterated corruption during the third Reich. Initially, the relationships of the various characters were difficult to… More
Eric Broome
In 1930s Germany, the aristocratic Von Essenbeck clan struggles amidst the Nazi regime to retain control over an industrial empire, while the family members… More