The first film in Visconti’s “German Trilogy” follows the trials and tribulations of an industrialist family who are brutally coerced into manufacturing arms for the Nazis.
The film’s loose, disjointed structure and provocative, operatic and expressionistic excesses can be read stylistically as a parable of the decline of the Weimar Republic and the ensuing nationalistic lurch towards totalitarianism and fascism: an orgy that culminates in a massacre. Starring Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin and Helmut Berger, and featuring Charlotte Rampling in a supporting role.
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