The damned

The damned

DVD - 2013 | French
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During the closing days of WWII, a group of Nazi's and sympathizers flee for South America aboard a submarine, but their escape is ultimately doomed.
Publisher: Port Washington, New York :, Manufactured and distributed by Entertainment One Film USA,, 2013.
Edition: Full screen version.
Copyright Date: ©1947
ISBN: 9781417240616
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (105 min.) :,sound, black and white ;,4 3/4 inches.


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Jan 20, 2018

'The Damned/Les Maudits' is an excellent piece of French cinema. I was surprised that this quality of film and even the discussion of the Nazi exodus to South America happened so close after the end of WWII. The extras on the Blu-Ray are worth watching as they explain how the interior of the sub was filmed with sets created to exactly duplicate an existing German U-Boat. Fascinating to see actual submarines being used for exterior shots, and that they were even functional for the shoot---something that would be impossible to do today. The template for filming the future German miniseries/movie 'Das Boot' is foreshadowed in this movie. One of the best 'submarine' movies ever shot too.

On a side note, also check out the German film 'The Damned/Gotterdammerung' loosely based on the Krupp industrial dynasty, which did build U-Boats for Germany during WWI and WWII. Also, if you can find the book 'The Arms Of Krupp' by William Manchester you'll also learn how the economic and military rise (and even creation) of the modern German nation is tied to Krupp---an essential read if you want to know how Germany became a country.

May 17, 2016

Five stars all the way for one of the best movies about the end of World War I. "The Damned" was gripping from beginning to end. Made so many years ago, but just as moving as the day it was released!

Aug 07, 2014

Let's face it - If you're a Nazi, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.

This 1947, WW2 Drama (as told through the eyes of French film-maker, Rene Clement) was, in spite of its flaws and somewhat dry story-telling, at least worth one viewing.

Certainly containing its fair share of Nazi stereotypes, The Damned (aka. Les Maudits) featured a truly despicable villain (former SS officer, Forster) who, before long, I just loved to hate.

The Damned's story begins on April 18, 1945 (as WW2 was quickly coming to an end).

A small group of wealthy Nazis (along with some tag-along French sympathizers) board a fully-crewed submarine just outside of Oslo, Norway. Their hopes are to, sooner or later, make a clear break all the way to South America. But, of course, a mission of this one's nature (especially with these particular passengers on board) could never, ever be expected to go exactly as planned.

As predicted (pressed within the unbelievably cramped and crowded confines of the submarine) it doesn't take long for betrayals, double-crosses and flaring tempers to rise to the occasion.

From Norway, to the North Sea, and along the English Channel, this jam-packed "sardine can" makes 2 unscheduled pit-stops on its way towards the Atlantic Ocean. And, as fate would have it, these brief stopovers prove to be the inevitable undoing of this particular mission.

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