The Damned [La Caduta degli Dei] Luchino Visconti

Italian Cycle


The birth of the Nazi movement that dominated Germany during the 30’s and 40’s as seen through the eyes of Luchino Visconti, told through an account of the fall of the Essenbeck dynasty. At the time, Visconti declared: "I’m making The Damned for the generations that don’t know what Nazism was like. (...) Young people must understand that the absence of protest is the worst of all evils”. A social and political history that narrates the decadence of the Essenbecks, a rich and powerful family that owns a large industrial empire and, parallel to that, Hitler’s advance and his taking of power. Power struggles, betrayals, corruption and sexual decadence in the Third Reich. The film, loosely based on Thomas Mann’s “Buddenbrooks”, masterfully integrated the possibilities of scenic space into the filmic space.

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