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still from The Damned (Luchino Visconti, IT/DE 1969)

The Damned

Luchino Visconti / IT, DE, 1969 / 155 min.

Inspired by the family history of the infamous steel magnate Krupp, one of Hitler’s financiers. The Damned shows life behind the façade of big industry: as well as rich, the members of the (Krupp) dynasty prove to be immoral and extremely unhappy. This film inspired Ivo van Hove to make a play with the same title: see the exhibition All About Theatre About Film.

poster The Damned (Luchino Visconti, IT/DE 1969)
Ivo van Hove: ‘I always avoided making productions dealing with World War II, but I found something in this script which, I believe, is hugely important at this moment: a kind of alliance between players in the economic world and a political ideology they don’t actually believe in. But they support the regime for purely opportunistic reasons – for financial gain. A combination that can cause devastation.'


Persons under 12 years must be accompanied by an adultThis movie contains scenes of violence


Luchino Visconti

Production year




Original title

La caduta degli dei


155 min.







Part of

All About Theatre About Film

Film and theatre influence each other continuously. To celebrate that relationship between the two worlds, Eye has invited stage director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld to compile an exhibition.

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still from The Damned (Luchino Visconti, IT/DE 1969)
still from The Damned (Luchino Visconti, IT/DE 1969)

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