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579 Ratings

The Damned

La caduta degli dei (Götterdämmerung)

Directed by Luchino Visconti
Italy, 1969
Drama, War, Cult


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

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1969 | 2nd place: Best Screenplay

1969 | 3 runner-up prizes including: Best Film

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.

  • 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 forgottten.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • EdieEmm'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.

  • James Mackin's rating of the film The Damned

    It's strange that this Italian/German coproduction is primarily in English, and yet several characters speak German frequently. It could be this tool used to distance the elite, old Germany (English speaking) from the new, National Socialist Germany (German speaking). It shows the end of an era, a Visconti theme for the ages, as the elite die off, and the Nazis reign supreme, hand in hand with the crazy ones.

  • lina maj's rating of the film The Damned

    This film keeps on growing on me. Many close-ups of the sweaty faces still haunt me. Helmut Berger was absolutely wonderful, and, yes, his Marlene Dietrich piece was unforgettable, no doubt about it.

  • Thomas's rating of the film The Damned

    Totally uneven, very jumbled. I desperately wanted to like this film, alas I could not. As Reginald mentioned the sets are lovely and the costumes are as well, but it can not overcome its failures. Also I kept having to turn the subtitles on and off.