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. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, 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.
“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…
Just in case you're wondering, I am indeed at this moment uploading my 'Hitler Reacts To Steve Grzesiak Watching Downfall' video on YouTube.
Downfall really is the most unlikely film to have a scene taken from it and made far more famous than the actual film itself, even more so that it's through a long played-out internet meme. A relentlessly challenging retelling of the last days of the Nazi regime, the suicide of Hitler and a number of his closest allies, and the largely tragic fortunes of numerous other figures at that time? Yeah, sounds perfect. What next? A Rage Guy remake of the filmography…
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.
Stunning. Authentic. Brave.
A difficult subject matter intelligently handled with some incredible performances, most noticeably by Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler. Understandably marred by some controversy upon its release, Downfall bravely depicts Hitler as a fragile human being, a haunting portrayal that is both tragic and disturbing in equal measure that examines the fall of the Third Reich in a ghastly Berlin bunker. Exquisitely directed, it also plays like a clausophobic horror film as some scenes are especially powerful. A scene of Magda Rischel and Joseph Goebbals poisoning their own children whilst they sleep makes for some distressing viewing.
Plaudits should be given to Oliver Hirschbiegel for taking this direction with his movie, he refuses to play to the viewers expectations and finely tries to get under the skin of one of mankinds most terrible monsters. You'll walk away conflicted but its a rewarding experience that's impossible to forget.
I've seen a scene from this before but I can't pick where...
Hirschbiegel's fascinating account of the last days of Hitler, told mostly from the perspective of his secretary, is one of the best films of contemporary German cinema. Now, considering that just about everything coming out of my home country is garbage, that doesn't mean a whole lot but with this and his previous effort, Das Experiment, he left quite an impression. Shunned by many, loved by most, it is surprising how popular Der Untergang is and just how successful it was internationally for a character study focused on intricate, thoughtful dialogue and equally challenging performances. With its all-star cast and the truly shattering once-in-a-lifetime performance by Bruno Ganz, who can go from sensitive and calm to utterly terrifying within seconds,…
A film that tells the story of the final hours of Adolf Hitler's life in his bunker and Germany's final stand in Berlin. It is not a film that shows any positive sides of the monster because we already know that he was just that, a monster. What the film shows is how loyal and committed the people that were around him in his final hours were. Even hours after the third reich's leader has killed himself his generals, doctors, and lowly servants. The film mainly follows his secretary who survived the Russian attack and witnessed the insanity of both Hitler's inability to wave the white flag and his officers in command afraid to tell him that they are beat. The acting is very good, the war scenes are chaotic, and the bunker is an isolated maze that allows you to see all those involved.
What a perfect ending to my Nazi trilogy. First Come and See, where the Germans invaded Russia, then Schindler's List, with Germany's internal problems including Jews and finally this, portraying the downfall of Nazis.
Lets jump right to the angry Hitler scene, which has been translated millions of different ways. I can't blame them, Bruno Ganz played Hitler so freaking well (not that I knew Hitler personally to compare). Surprisingly it was relatively clean, as in not strong death visuals. Decent movie.
One thing made me wonder: how could people follow him so blindly, without question. All because he was charismatic and quite successful in the early stages of the war? I haven't read much about Hitler, so maybe there…
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me jacto de haberla visto antes de haberse generado el meme de "Hitler Reacts".
es una entrañable apología al suicidio militar. debería seguirse su mensaje en todo el mundo. recomendada. no cuento cómo termina para no arruinar el final. pero les adelanto que no tiene nada que ver con Inglourious Basterds.
this is definitely the best movie that could be made from this material.
Just an amazing movie. If you love World War II movies then this is a must watch. It's a war story about Hitler and his time during the war inside a bunker during a war.
There is yelling, and killing, and suicide. It's pretty awesome.
Took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I really "enjoyed" it. Hitler was such a giant piece of shit.
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. - IMDB
There's something about war movies that I like. There's something about WWI and WWII movies that I love. For most, they're generally highly intriguing to me. To me, this is fantastic. I love seeing the insight of one of the most important times in our era.
The only thing that lost it points, through no fault of it's own, was that I wish I knew German. I found a lot of the dialogue was too fast for me and I couldn't get a good bearing on what was being said. I wanted to see the beautiful anger that Bruno Ganz exudes as one of the worlds most vile men ever, when reading the subtitles it was almost impossible.
Still though, great all around.