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The Damned

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Original title
La caduta degli Dei
Running time
164 min.
Italy Italy
Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco, Enrico Medioli
Maurice Jarre
Pasqualino De Santis, Armando Nannuzzi
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Co-production Italy-Germany-Switzerland; Italnoleggio / Eichberg Films
Drama | Nazism. 1930s
Synopsis / Plot
A family's decline coincides with Hitler's rise to power in the 1930s and serves as an allegory for German society as a whole in this intoxicating work from Luchino Visconti. The Essenbeck family runs the German steel industry and the nervous patriarch attempts to appease the Nazis by appointing a successor sympathetic to their cause. But his choice sets off a round of in-fighting as his children battle for control of the company. His young grandson eventually takes charge, but his drug addiction wreaks havoc on his family when he brutally rapes his mother and turns her into an addict. By the end of the film, the Nazis, including the party members in the family, are on the verge of taking over Europe.
1969: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Screenplay
1969: Golden Globes: Nominated for Most Promising Newcomer - Male (Helmut Berger)
1969: New York Film Critics Circle: 4 Nominations including Best Film
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