The Damned

1947 [FRENCH]

Adventure / Drama / Thriller

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Reviewed by dbdumonteil 10 / 10

They all lived in a narrow submarine.

Among all René Clément 's movies dealing with WW2 ("jeux interdits" "la père tranquille" "Paris brûle-t-il?" ...) "les maudits" is simply the best.It might possibly be also Clement's best and I hope many comments will join mine soon.

Nazis are escaping from Germany in 1945 now that the writing's on the wall.They will cross the sea in a submarine and take refuge in South America .Among them ,a general , a manufacturer and his wife (who's the general's lover),a scientist and his daughter,a French collaborator,a "Dritte Reich " die-hard and his minion .The woman is injured and they have no doctor.So,in Royan,they kidnap Guilbert who will be forced to share their desperate odyssey.

Never maybe René Clément's direction has been so impressive:he uses with stunning results the enclosed atmosphere ,where the characters are prisoners:the audience like them is panting for breath.When the doctor enters the place ,the cinematography suggests a descent into hell.

This submarine is really Hell's anteroom.Heightened sensibilities ,suppressed hatred,and reciprocal contempt show because of an unbearable lack of privacy .Guilbert ,the doctor (Vidal) understands that ,because he's not one of "them" ,his days are numbered ,and he's got to play cat and mouse to survive.So strong is the supporting cast that they overshadow the hero (Henri Vidal was a limited actor though).The strange homosexual couple ,Himmler's former henchman (Jo Dest) and his lover (Michel Auclair who gives the most fascinating performance of the whole movie;René Clément met him when he filmed "la Belle et le Bete" with Cocteau ,Auclair played la Belle's brother)are much more than secondary characters.It even includes SM (the nazi whips his minion).

When we leave the submarine-coffin,all we find is the dark waters of an empty sea.And when we call at a harbor in South Africa,we find ourselves in Marcel Dalio's (who was part of "Casablanca" supporting cast!)office,the Venitian blinds of which are carefully lowered;or -in a scene so strong that it rivals the best of Hitchcock-,in the darkness of a coffee warehouse.

This is a must-see movie,which was also remarkable for another reason:everyone speaks his language ,which was not that much obvious at the time,and it adds another suspenseful plus:the hero must not show he understands German.

Henri Jeanson whose sense of humor is intact despite this thoroughly desperate noir story wrote astounding lines:"it looks like Noah's Ark,says the general at the beginning of the film,now all we need is the deluge".

He will not be disappointed.You will not either if you try this Clément overlooked gem.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 10 / 10

Children of the Damned.

Taking a look at a recent poll held on the IMDb Classic Film board for the best films of 1947,I was sad to discover,that in amongst the 100's of fantastic sounding titles mentioned in the poll,the total number of movies which I had up to then seen from that year was 3!.

Feeling disappointed about not finding a single movie from 1947 on my shelf waiting to be watched,I suddenly got a terrific surprise,when a fellow IMDb kindly gave me directions to what sounded like an unforgettable Film Noir set in murky waters,which lead to me deciding to set off on finding movies from 1947 in a submarine.

The plot:

April 1945:

Getting hit at every angle by bombs delivered from Alied forces,a submarine crew containing Nazi's and loyal to the cause Italian and French sympathiser's discover the along with the damage to the sub,one of the most wealthiest and powerful of the sympathiser's (Hilde Garosi) has been badly hurt in the attack.

Frustraed at not finding a single doctor in amongst the crew and sympathiser's,General Von Hauser and SS leader Forster decide to take drastic action by diverting their original destination of South America for a small,isolated town in France,in the hope of finding a doctor that they can kidnap.

Sending their most trusted crew members undercover to France,the undercover team find Doctor Guilbert hiding in a burnt out building.

Taking Guilbert to the sub at gunpoint,Guilbert initially hopes that he is only being taken to the sub as a "one off",and the as soon as he has given Hilde the correct treatment,the undercover team will be ordered to take him back safely to France.Sadly for the Doctor,he soon witnesses his hope get completely destroyed as the crew are ordered to set sail again,which leads to the now kidnapped Guilbert realising that he is going to have to use all of his skills and cunning in order to survive the underwater village of the dammed that he finds himself in.

View on the film:

For their adaptation of a Victor Alexandrov story,the screenplay by (deep breath!) Jacques Companeez,Henri Jeanson,Jacques Remy and director Rene Clement smartly keeps the scenes set out of the submarine to a minimum,so as to give each moment when one of the characters slip out a small amount of detail about what they got up to out of the submarine,a feeling of water slowing sinking into the vessel.

Giving each of the characters different beliefs in the Nazil cause, (from the crew who see it as a job,to the Forster, whose life depends on the very existence of his beloved SS) and also showing a language barrier, (with some of the dialogue that the Hilde's husband says to the Germans smartly not being subtitled so as to show that none of the Germans can understand a word that he is saying) the writers slowly turn the fractured nature of the submarine inhabitants up,which leads to the originally "united" submarine splintering into separate divisions each filled with fears over the unknown plans of the other sub- divisions.

Making Guilbert's (played by a brilliantly rugged Henri Vidal) inner monologue a prime feature of the film,the writers show expert timing in choosing the moments that the audience can hear Guilbert's narration,which allows the viewer to "join up" with Guilbert in his information gathering and also the "games" that he unleashes on the unsuspecting crew,in order to stay alive a little longer in this hellish sea merchant.

Shooting the movie on what looks to be a real submarine,director Rene Clement and cinematography Henri Alekan use long,rough edged tracking shots to create a chilling Film Noir atmosphere,thanks to the tracking shots allowing Clement and Alekan to show that there is not a single bit of free space inside this tight,claustrophobic environment.Focusing on every damp corner of the sub,Clment and Alekan brilliantly use the closed off setting as a device to allow the murky characters inner secrets to bubble up to the surface,from Hilde's (played by a very pretty Florence Marly) marriage being on the rocks,to Forster (played by a wonderfully wicked Jo Dest) taking control of things,by taking part in some very ahead of their time S&M games with his loyal assistant Willy.

Extending the tense Film Noir atmosphere out of the sub and into the small moments that the characters are allowed to taste fresh air,Clement shoots the outdoor scenes in a upwards angle which brilliantly allows for all of the tensions rolling out of the submarine to be fully displayed,with Clement delivering a ruthless final punch as he sends the dammed submarine back to the hell from which it,and its inhabitants came from.

Reviewed by hitchcockthelegend 8 / 10

A submarine bursting at the seams

Les maudits is directed by René Clément who also co-writes with Victor Alexandrov, Henri Jeanson, Jacques Rémy and Jacques Companéez. It stars Marcel Dalio, Henri Vidal, Florence Marly, Fosco Giachetti, Paul Bernard, Jo Dest, Michel Auclair and Anne Campion.

It's the last days of World War II and a submarine full of Nazi's and fellow collaborators head off from Oslo bound for South America. Hoping to evade capture by the Allies, their plans are stalled when a depth- charge attack injures one of the lady passengers causing them to stop off in France to kidnap a doctor. Once on board the doctor realises the gravity of his situation and uses his medical knowledge to spread slow- burn fret throughout the submarine; just as news of the armistice breaks…

A lesson in claustrophobic suspense and slow-burn psychological edginess, Les maudits riff's on the rats leaving a sinking ship with considerable success. It's a hot-bed of unsavoury characters, where political sin hangs heavy in the scratchy black and white atmosphere. Clément inserts the tension deftly whilst also garnering rich performances from the multilingual ensemble of actors. It all builds to a quite terrific ending that closes down the picture on suitably intelligent note.

It's a hard film to pin down but if you get the chance don't hesitate to view it. 8/10

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