This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
April 1945, a nation awaits its...Downfall
In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his generals and advisers to fight to the last man. When the end finally does come, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender.
Exhibiting relentless realism & exceptional accuracy on-screen, Downfall (also known as Der Untergang) recreates the events surrounding the final days of German dictator Adolf Hitler's life in the Führerbunker while also depicting the fall of the Third Reich & Berlin during World War II. The film is bookended by excerpts from the real-life Traudl Junge, Hitler's final secretary, and the plot itself is derived from her accounts.
The best thing about Downfall is that it keeps the human characteristics of the Führer intact & boldly defies the conventional portrayal of Hitler in media, which was controversial as expected but in my opinion is a brave, respectable & important attempt. What's even more surprising is that by taking this humane approach, the film is able…
“Come children. If you finish your dinner you can come say goodnight to Uncle Hitler!”
Oh boy. Doesn’t Uncle Hitler just roll right off the tongue? I almost couldn’t believe that this was a line in the movie. But it was. This nonchalant approach to the most twisted man in history is one of the things that makes Downfall so great. It brings a personal and human element to the man that was responsible for millions of innocent deaths. Hitler is a man whose name sends chills down your spine and the very sight of him fills your head with images of hate, sadness, and torture. But what if he was at your dinner table? What if he was…
So this movie didn't win or got nominated for a Oscar for Bruno Ganz spectacular performance or best foreign language film. Man f**k the Oscars!
The movie is about a group of young women to Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in Eastern Prussia. They are candidates for the post of personal secretary to the Fuehrer. Among them is 22-year-old Traudl Junge, a fresh-faced girl from Munich. Traudl is chosen for the job and she is overcome with joy at the thought of serving beside her Fuehrer. BERLIN, APRIL 20, 1945: Hitler has retreated to a bunker system under the German Chancellery. Traudl Junge is asleep in her room, deep beneath the ground. She is awakened by tremors from artillery fire. The…
If there is one objective thing I can say about Der Untergang it is that watching it is not recommended on the evening that you return from a five-day vacation to the Ardennes with lots and lots of mountain biking in thirty-five degrees Celsius. Found that out the hard way by struggling to keep my eyes open after about ten minutes; I even think I have missed the last twenty minutes completely, so yeah, I’m due for a rewatch. A second objective statement I can make about the film is that Bruno Ganz war ganz, ganz gut in seiner Rolle als Hitler (hope I wrote that right). I’ll leave the rest for the day I revisit it.
It kinda sucks to know that most people will only know of this film and such a brilliant performance from Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler from a tired Youtube meme. Give this a chance and watch the entire film. You will be simply astonished.
Making a biopic of the last days of the most hated man in the Universe is not an easy job, but turning it into a sympathetic person is even harder, but the truth is that Oliver Hirschbiegel's touching and continuously realistic depiction of Aldof Hitler's final days actually turns him into an often likeable figure as it reveals a sort of bipolarity, as it shows that he actually cared about those who surrounded him and that his best-known role was only used to maintain order and to avoid chaos.
However, Downfall's purpose is not to support the ideals of the Nazi regime, it's to show that, afrer all Aldof Hitler was also a human and not only a monster. Yet,…
Great film with an even greater cast.
#19/30: Matt’s Movember Movie Moustache Challenge.
Important film-making; perhaps even more so today. How Ganz didn't win an Oscar is mystifying. His performance is extraordinary. Full of vim and vinegar, but also light and shade. A human and a monster.
And yeah, he has a moustache. You might have heard about it...
Watched as part of Scavenger Hunt 20 November 2016
Task 8 - A film from Playlist's Top 50 foreign films of the 21st century
How do you even begin to describe this movie? Some of the best performances I have ever seen in a fascinating look at the German side of WW2, focusing on a secretary of Hitler's during his final days. The film is not afraid to give fully rounded personalities to each of the characters.
While we all know Hitler was extremely evil and did so much wrong, the film shows a side to him that has not really been shown before, his 'kindness' (that feels wrong to say) towards members of his staff mainly women…
We weren't fighting for our country and people. We were fighting to defeat Fascism and Nazism. None of this Steven Speilberg crap in Saving Private Ryan with the american patriotism.
A five star performanced smothered by a three star film.
Alex's Scavenger Hunt Mini #1 Nov 2016
Film #4 Task 11. A film about War/The Military
I have a confession to make….
I muted Hitler
It wasn’t planned, it just happened. About 80 minutes or so in, during the umpteenth shouting rant, I just grabbed the remote and pressed mute. It was just a knee-jerk reaction. I couldn’t help it.
That got me thinking, out of all of the many assassination attempts on Hitler’s life, how many were planned and how many were just knee-jerk reactions? A German officer just snapping and trying to choke Hitler to death with the nearest bratwurst that came to hand, just to stop the bastard from shouting.
Downfall is undoubtedly a very good film…
A bit of a disappointment. On the whole I found it only mildly interesting, with the first hour and a half downright boring (which is NOT a descriptor I tend to use). The last hour got better, asking questions about the individual feelings of the Nazi soldiers. The demonstration of life-ending commitment to the great madman was kind of interesting. Kind of. I felt like this was a movie made for WWII buffs, which I am not. Historically accurate? Fantastic, I just don't care all that much.
Don't mind me, i'm just another long review passing through.
Ás vezes sinto que meu coração é de pedra. Não é possível... Assisti "Dare mo Shiranai", não chorei. Assisti "Schindler's List", não chorei. Assisti "Saving Private Ryan", não chorei. Assisti "Der Untergang", lacrimejei.
Nunca me senti tão próximo de ter um breakdown como eu tive quando assisti Marley & Me pela primeira vez quando tinha 9 anos ou menos. Lembro deste dia como se fosse ontem. Eu me esforçando, repetindo para mim mesmo: "Você não irá chorar, não irá chorar!" Chorei. Foi uma semana inteira de pesadelos, imaginando Marley saindo de sua cova, ainda com os cortes da operação e sangrando.
Anos se passaram e cá estou eu. "Será que…
Hitler > Stalin
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
Step One: Go to www.random.org.
Step Two: Pick a Number.
Step Three: GET WEIRD!