Rent The Damned (1969)

3.5 of 5 from 120 ratings
2h 30min
Rent The Damned (aka La Caduta degli dei / Luchino Visconti's the Damned) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
The most savagely subversive film by the iconoclastic auteur Luchino Visconti employs the mechanics of deliriously stylized melodrama to portray Nazism's total corruption of the soul. In the wake of Hitler's ascent to power, the wealthy industrialist von Essenbeck family and their associates - including the scheming social climber Friedrich (Dirk Bogarde), the conniving matriarch Sophie (Ingrid Thulin), and the cruelly deviant heir Martin (Helmut Berger) - descend into a self-destructive spiral of decadence, greed, perversion, and allconsuming hatred as they vie for power, over the family business and over one another.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Ever Haggiag, Alfred Levy
Writers:
Nicola Badalucco, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti
Aka:
La Caduta degli dei / Luchino Visconti's the Damned
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/05/2004
Run Time:
150 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Arabic, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Romanian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • "Visconti" – a profile of the director on set
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/10/2021
Run Time:
157 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono, German LPCM Mono, Italian LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Technicolor
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interview from 1970 with director Luchino Visconti about the film
  • Archival interviews with actors Helmut Berger, Ingrid Thulin, and Charlotte Rampling
  • Visconti on Set, a 1969 behind-the-scenes documentary
  • New interview with scholar Stefano Albertini about the sexual politics of the film
  • Trailer

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Reviews (4) of The Damned

A German Requiem - The Damned review by MW

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17/08/2016

Visconti's films are all about the ethical condition of man and The Damned is no exception. But it's a difficult, flawed movie. The relationship between the principal players is somewhat confusing. Like others by Visconti the film is a little ponderous and overlong and the acting mannered. Yet as a metaphor for all that was vile, corrupt and murderous in the Nazi regime this bleak and tragic story of the moral decline and fall of a wealthy industrialist family in 1930s Germany is brilliant in its way. Just be prepared for a picture of utter despair from this most intellectual of directors.

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Bleak melodrama - The Damned review by JO

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16/11/2018

Bleak melodrama about the fall of a family of industrialists during the rise to power of the Nazis, in Germany from 1933-34. The storyline is confusing: it's hard to work out the relationships between the characters. But as a parable about the power of the immoral Nazi regime its quite illuminating. The cinematography captures a world of corrupted opulence and Bogarde delivers a strong as one of the few morally conflicted characters, Frederick. Overlong and unrealistic but The Damned is still worth watching for its unremittingly downbeat vision of the evil of the Nazis.

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Painfully relevant - The Damned review by Gavin

Spoiler Alert
30/07/2021

Interestingly, despite running at 150mins, this is in fact the full version. The deleted 7 minutes are, infact, an artefact of the PAL to NTSC conversion: the Americans see a slower version which runs at 157 mins.

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