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The Damned - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama, War
Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin
Director: Luchino Visconti
Plot Synopsis:

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.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 2K RESTORATION by the Cineteca di Bologna and Institut Lumière, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • 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
  • Release Details
    Release Date: September 28th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1969
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:157 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English: LPCM Mono
    German: LPCM Mono
    Italian: LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English