Set during the closing days of WWII this gritty, claustrophobic mix of Film Noir and psychological suspense follows the doomed escape of a group of Nazi's as they flee for South America aboard a submarine hoping to evade their fate in Europe.
1947 Gaumont. All rights reserved
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Not one of Visconti's best films, but indeed a heavy and strong one. Many may not see the profound meaning of this fil, Visconti's intention is to create sort of a metaphor comparing a family to Germany's descent. There are many grotesque images throughout the movie, that for some may not be tolerable, perhaps of perversion, murder, pedophilia, homosexuality and drug addiction. But you come to understand that these are put there by the mere intention of the director, to sketch the moral descent of Germany as a country. The highlight or climax of the movie is almost at the end, the famous "Night of the long knives", where we see a party going on, women and men almost naked, and where we see homosexuality at its best. Indeed a strong movie, but definitely worth watching.
- lizzellotte, Monday, September 24, 2007
'The fall of the gods' it's the original and perfect title for this jarring shakespearean/greek like retelling, set in the morbid, decadent days of nazi Germany, told with Visconti's visual richness. Precursor of a whole new and very popular subgenre, the "sadiconazista" or "naziexploitation" fashioned/chic nazi erotic movies that pullulated Italy in the 70s (Il portiere di notte, Sal or Salon Kitty to name a few) it later reached America (Ilsa-she wolf of the ss) and even Hollywood (Cabaret). Essential chapter about the insanity of power.
- pier007, Monday, June 2, 2008