La caduta degli dei (The Damned) 1969 Ages 18+
6.00PM Fri 31 May 2019 (2hrs 36mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
The Damned will screen from a 2K digital restoration.
Presented here in its original uncut form after years spent banned or censored around the world (including in Australia), The Damned is a psychosexual singularity and still the most controversial and divisive entry in Visconti’s storied oeuvre.
Set in Germany in the early 1930s, the film is a portrait of the Essenbecks – a wealthy industrialist family who make the Faustian decision to collaborate with the Nazi party during their political ascent. This narrative engages with one of the filmmaker’s repeated thematic preoccupations: how those in power respond to major societal change. While the Prince in The Leopard 1963 may accept the shifting currents of history with graceful melancholy, here change is marked by avarice and iniquity.
The Essenbecks themselves (portrayed by a first-rate cast of international stars, including Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Ingrid Thulin, and Helmut Berger as the sexually depraved heir Martin) are largely grotesqueries, whose moral destitution is reflected in Visconti’s flamboyantly lurid mise-en-scène.
Marking the start of Visconti’s ‘German Trilogy’ – which also includes Death in Venice 1971 and Ludwig 1973 – this ruthless cinematic examination of the ties between decadence and fascism was cited by R.W. Fassbinder as one of his favourite films and its influence on his body of his work is clear to see.
35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 156 MINUTES, ITALY/WEST GERMANY, ENGLISH/GERMAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: LUCHINO VISCONTI / SCRIPT: NICOLA BADALUCCO, ENRICO MEDIOLI, LUCHINO VISCONTI / CINEMATOGRAPHERS: PASQUALE DE SANTIS, ARMANDO NANNUZZI / EDITOR: RUGGERO MASTROIANNI / PROD CO: ITALNOLEGGIO CINEMATOGRAFICO, PRAESIDENS, PEGASO CINEMATOGRAFICA, EICHBERG-FILM / SCREENING FORMAT: 2K DCP