The Damned (1969) Poster


Helmut Griem: Aschenbach



  • Aschenbach : [showing Sophie the Gestapo's secret file room]  These are the most complete archives ever conceived. This is the secret Germany. Nothing is lacking. You can even find your history and Frederick's. Can you believe it? You see it's not very difficult to enter into the lives of people. Every German citizen today is potentially one of our informers. The collective thinking of our people is now complete. Don't you think that is the true miracle of the Third Reich?... If you wish, we could read Konstantine's future together - if he has one.

  • Aschenbach : But he who wants to become master of all, even himself, who deludes himself into thinking he is able to make his own decisions to thinking himself. That, no. You don't have these pretensions - right, Martin?

  • Aschenbach : Calm yourself. I didn't bring you here to blackmail you. Konstantin has already tried. It didn't bring him any luck. And then to put you in real trouble. You, the son of a hero, the true hero, the only Von Essenbeck... just because a little Jewess had the bad taste to hang herself. Didn't you know? *Jew*. According to the New Order, your's isn't even a crime. In fact, it's... But, that's not enough say we are friends... or allies.

  • Aschenbach : You must realize that today in Germany anything can happen, even the improbable, and it's just the beginning, Frederick. Personal morals are dead. We are an elite society where everything is permissible. These are Hitler's words. My dear Frederick, even you should give them some thought.

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