The Damned

New Criterion Collection release The Damned, directed by Luchino Visconti, is out now on Blu-ray in a new 2k digital restoration by The Cineteca di Bologna and Institut Lumière.

In the wake of Adolf Hitler’s ascent to power, the wealthy industrialist von Essenbeck family and their associates—including the scheming social climber Friedrich (Dirk Bogarde), the matriarch Sophie (Ingrid Thulin), and the perversely cruel heir Martin (Helmut Berger), descend into a self-destructive spiral of decadence, greed, perversion, and all consuming hatred as they vie for power, over the family business and over one another.

Special edition features include an interview from 1970 with Luchino Visconti and archival interviews with the actors.

Courtesy of the Criterion Collection we have a top prize to give away of The Damned alongside some other scary Blu-rays from Criterion: Night of the Hunter, Eraserhead, Death in Venice, Night of the Living Dead and The Uninvited. Four runners up will receive The Damned.

To be in with a chance of winning answer the following question:
In which other of these Luchino Visconti films did Helmut Berger also star?

A. Rocco and His Brothers
B. Death in Venice
C. Ludwig

Email your answer to, putting The Damned competition in the subject line and include your name and address.

Closing date: 4 December 2021.

Competition open to UK entrants only.

See our full competition terms and conditions