La caduta degli dei

The Damned | Die Verdammten
On the night of the 1933 Reichstag fire, steel magnate Joachim von Essenbeck is shot to death in his villa. Herbert Thalmann, a liberal who has married into the family, is framed by relatives in cahoots with the Nazis. He manages to flee abroad, but his wife Elisabeth remains behind, forced to stand by as the real perpetrators advance their careers within the family company. Friedrich Bruckmann, with the help of an SS officer, manages to do away with Essenbeck’s son and heir; but Bruckmann, in turn, is deposed to make way for Essenbeck’s paedophile grandon. Elisabeth, meanwhile, has landed in a concentration camp … A Nibelungenlied set in the Ruhrpott. In Visconti’s dark family saga, an opulent celebration of the moral bankruptcy of a German industrialist dynasty, Charlotte Rampling plays Elisabeth Thalmann, the only ray of light. Beautiful, elegant, fragile, and vulnerable, she becomes the victim of a gang of villians. La caduta degli dei is grand guignol. But for Charlotte Rampling, playing the adversary of Dirk Bogarde, as opportunist Bruckmann, was above all a prelude – to her role in Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter), which would become a defining moment in her career.
by Luchino Visconti
with Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger, Charlotte Rampling
Italy / Federal Republic of Germany 1969 English 156’ Colour, 35 mm Rating R12


  • Dirk Bogarde
  • Ingrid Thulin
  • Helmut Griem
  • Helmut Berger
  • Charlotte Rampling
  • Florinda Bolkan
  • Reinhard Kolldehoff
  • Umberto Orsini
  • Albrecht Schoenhals


DirectorLuchino Visconti
ScreenplayNicola Badalucco, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti
CinematographyArmando Nannuzzi, Pasqualino De Santis
EditingRuggero Mastroianni
MusicMaurice Jarre
SoundVittorio Trentino
Production DesignPasquale Romano
Art DirectorEnzo Del Prato
CostumesVera Marzot, Piero Tosi
ProducersAlfredo Levy, Ever Haggiag


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