The Damned is a long, overblown, spectacular, strange and decadent film. Despite all that, it's very watchable, mainly because of the sheer, majestic beauty of the way it has been filmed. It's hard not to admire the painterly, perfectly composed images, despite the bizarre content of the plot, which centres around the downfall of a family of German industrialists under the Nazis. One scene in particular, when we watch soldiers crossing a scenic lake to bring death and destruction to a party on the shore, combines beauty and impending doom in a very memorable way.
The Damned is a far better film than the more famous Death in Venice because it does in fact have a plot, a sense of drama, and one or two performances which are not completely overdone and hysterical (Helmut Berger excepted).
The DVD print is excellent and this film is a recommended curio for anyone into oddities and good old-fashioned decadence.