Luchino Visconti

The Damned

The Damned

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 incestuous matriarch Sophie (Ingrid Thulin), and the perversely cruel heir Martin (Helmut Berger, memorably donning 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.

Film Info

  • Italy, West Germany
  • 1969
  • 157 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • German, English
  • Spine #1098

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna and Institut Lumière, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate Italian-language soundtrack
  • Interview from 1970 with director Luchino Visconti about the film
  • Archival interviews with actors Helmut Berger, Ingrid Thulin, and Charlotte Rampling
  • Visconti: Man of Two Worlds, a 1969 behind-the-scenes documentary
  • New interview with scholar Stefano Albertini about the sexual politics of the film
  • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar D. A. Miller

New cover by George Pratt

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Sep 28, 2021

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna and Institut Lumière, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate Italian-language soundtrack
  • Interview from 1970 with director Luchino Visconti about the film
  • Archival interviews with actors Helmut Berger, Ingrid Thulin, and Charlotte Rampling
  • Visconti: Man of Two Worlds, a 1969 behind-the-scenes documentary
  • New interview with scholar Stefano Albertini about the sexual politics of the film
  • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar D. A. Miller

New cover by George Pratt

The Damned
Cast
Dirk Bogarde
Frederick Bruckmann
Ingrid Thulin
Sophie von Essenbeck
Helmut Griem
Aschenbach
Helmut Berger
Martin von Essenbeck
Renaud Verley
Gunther von Essenbeck
Umberto Orsini
Herbert Thallman
René Koldehoff
Konstantin von Essenbeck
Albrecht Schönhals
Joachim von Essenbeck
Nora Ricci
Governess
Charlotte Rampling
Elizabeth Thallman
Florinda Bolkan
Olga
Irina Vanka
Lisa
Credits
Director
Luchino Visconti
Produced by
Ever Haggiag
Alfred Levy
Original story and screenplay by
Nicola Badalucco
Enrico Medioli
Luchino Visconti
Directors of photography
Armando Nannuzzi
Pasquale de Santis
Art direction
Pasquale Romano
Enzo del Prato
Costumes
Piero Tosi
Music
Maurice Jarre
Editor
Ruggiero Mastroianni
Executive producer
Pietro Notarianni