Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969) is one of his greatest triumphs on the screen. It is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions and a stunning visual depiction of a wealthy industrialist family's demise amidst the rise of Nazism in Germany prior to WWII. If there's a weakness it might be that elements of decadence are sometimes over the top with homoerotic orgies, pedophilia, and incest being used as examples of the moral depravity and decadence of the times. The film has a great ensemble cast: the creepy Helmut Berger is great here as the perverted and morally bankrupt scion of a wealthy industrialist family, as is Ingrid Thulin as his mother, Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Umberto Orsini plus Renaud Verley and Florinda Bolkan. I find it curious that Visconti's French novel adaptation The Stranger was made in German, while this German-historical film was made in barely explicit English (subtitles helpful). I suppose it has to do with financial backing and being able to recoup money invested in the production. Overall, it is an operatic and powerful film about decay and decadence.