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DLCL Winter Film Series Screening: The Damned (1969) Luchino Visconti
The Damned, or La caduta degli dei, is the first of Luchino Visconti’s German Trilogy and focuses on the industrialist family of the Essenbecks and their business dealings with the Nazi Party. Infamous for Martin’s drag performance of Marlene Dietrich in “The Blue Angel,” this film’s portrayal of the political and moral corruption and sexual deviance that corresponds with the Nazi rise to power offers a beautiful, albeit difficult to watch moment in cinema history.
Discussion will focus on analyzing the relationships between gender and sexuality, love and friendship, body and performance. We will also address the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and class as well as the different ways that film has represented sexuality across cultures, schools of cinema, film technologies, and history.
These screenings are part of the DLCL Film Series DLCL 152A/354A, which undergraduates and undergraduates can take for one unit C/NC. All screenings are free and open to the public and audience members are encouraged to participate in the discussions following the films. Please be aware that some films may include graphic or disturbing content: viewers are therefore advised to familiarize themselves with the films' content before viewing. May be repeated for credit.