(aka "The Damned" or "Die Verdammten")

directed by Luchino Visconti
Italy 1969

"1969's The Damned (La caduta degli dei) was director Luchino Visconti's most explosively controversial film to date. Set in the 1930s, the film zeroes in on a Krupp-like family of German munition manufacturers. Ever in pursuit of more millions to add to their already bulging coffers, the family plays along with the Nazis, descending into corruption, betrayal and murder all along the way. The stylized decadence depicted by Visconti was of such graphic intensity that the film was released in the U.S. with an X rating."


Theatrical Release: November 14th, 1969

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Distribution LUCE  Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 2:30:00
Video 1.33:1.00
Average Bitrate: 6.66 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1) , Italian (Dolby Digital Mono)
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: LUCE

Aspect Ratio:
Original- 133:1

DVD Release Date: 2003
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Chapters: 16

Edition Details:

  • Interview with Armando Nannuzzi;

  • Biography of Luchino Visconti

LUCE's DVD of  "The Damned" (aka La Caduta degli Dei). The image ratio is, unfortunately, full screen. The transfer is not clean and in some instances you can see digital artifacts. There's a definite room for improvement (even VHS in UK was widescreen). There's only Italian audio provided in mono and remixed in 5.1, and like with many international pictures, it was dubbed in different languages, so there's no original version. Some of the acting shows itself poorly with the lip-syncing, but not tremendously. Extras include 8-minute interview with cinematographer Armando Nannuzzi in Italian and some text info about the film and the director.

Gregory Meshman

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