The damned

Italnoleggio cinematografico, Praesidens (Firm), Pegaso Cinematografica, Eichberg-Film GmbH, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts

DVD - 2021

"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, memorably donning Marlene ...Dietrich-like drag in his breakthrough role)--descend into a self-destructive spiral of decadence, greed, perversion, and all-consuming hatred as they vie for power, over the family business and over one another. The heightened performances and Visconti's luridly expressionistic use of Technicolor conjure a garish world of decaying opulence in which one family's downfall comes to stand for the moral rot of a nation"--Container.

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Series
Criterion collection ; 1098.
Subjects
Genres
Fiction films
War films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Published
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection [2021]
Edition
Two-DVD special editon ; DVD edition
Language
English
German
Item Description
Wide screen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1969.
Includes 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.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (157 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Format
DVD, wide screen (1.85:1) aspect ratio ; region 1; monaural.
Production Credits
Directors of photography, Armando Nannuzzi and Pasqualino De Santis; music, Maurice Jarre ; editor, Ruggiero Mastroianni.
ISBN
9781681438801
1681438801
Corporate Authors
Italnoleggio cinematografico (production company), Praesidens (Firm) (distributor), Pegaso Cinematografica, Eichberg-Film GmbH, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Other Authors
Luchino Visconti, 1906-1976 (film director), Ever Haggiag (film producer), Alfred Levy (screenwriter), Nicola Badalucco (actor), Enrico Medioli, Dirk Bogarde, 1921-1999, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger, 1944-, Charlotte Rampling, 1946-
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A steel-magnate baroness, her lover and her son embody Nazi depravity. Directed by Luchino Visconti.