Skip to main content
Classics and discoveries from around the world, thematically programmed with special features, on a streaming service brought to you by the Criterion Collection.
Directed by Luchino Visconti • 1969 • Italy
Starring Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem
Selected by none other than Rainer Werner Fassbinder as his favorite film of all time, Luchino Visconti’s deliriously perverse vision of Nazi decadence charts the fortunes of the industrialist von Essenbeck family as they rise to power under the the Third Reich only to succumb to their own depravity. Incest, orgies, morphine addiction, and Helmut Berger in drag (imitating Marlene Dietrich) all feature in this crazed Wagnerian soap opera that goes further than almost any other film in its shocking portrayal of Nazism’s corruption of the soul.