- Director: Luchino Visconti
- Writer: Nicola Badalucco; Enrico Medioli
- Producer: Attilio D'Onofrio; Ever Haggiag
Wonderfully twisted - twisted performances of a twisted story.
And, Berger does a decent job - surprisingly.
Bogarde is, as always, hypnotic.
Some would call this Visconti's magnum opus...they may even be correct.
An epic voyage into disturbia...even by today's standards...few have managed such blistering artistry of the malcontent.
A pinnacle, or nadir, has been reached.
The power and fortune of the Von Essenbeck family remained intact even when Germany lost the great war and during the depression that followed. Now it's 1934 and the baron has summoned his family to a dinner that also brings a cousin rising in the Nazi party to the great house accompanied by a rising manager at the baron's company. Two little girls recite poetry in the parlor and then play hide-and-seek with their cousin Martin. Suddenly there is a scream. The baron has been shot with their father's gun and the father flees the country.