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3.8
36 Ratings

The Damned

Les maudits

Directed by René Clément
France, 1947
Drama

Synopsis

As Germany is in the throes of losing World War II, a number of wealthy Nazis and some French sympathizers head for South America in a German submarine leaving from Oslo. The film’s narrator is a French doctor who has been kidnapped to tend a sick woman, Hilde Garosi.

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The Damned Directed by René Clément

Critics reviews

Clément delivers a sure-handed exercise in claustrophobic suspense, and by the end, you can practically see the rivets popping on the submarine’s hull, buckling under the unrelenting tension.
September 06, 2013
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…An engrossing psychological portrait of evil, retribution and desperation in cramped quarters… Starkly, hauntingly shot by Henri Alakan some three decades before “Wings of Desire” (but also incorporating wartime doc footage for verisimilitude), the panicked bunch begins to crumble like Hitler’s regime itself, as ifHitchcock’s “Lifeboat” only housed villains and turncoats.
August 06, 2013
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