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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…
Pretty heavy stuff for morning viewing but it's only available for streaming on Netflix til the 15th!
I can't stress this enough... it is an exceptionally well crafted film about Hitler's last days! There were several instances where I was deeply moved by scenes that even the most hardcore cynic would have bawled like a baby!
The film tackled Hitler by demystifying the legendary caricature by reducing him to the mere mortal that he was.. A grotesquely flawed psychotic with delusions of grandeur!
“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 a Oscar for Bruno Ganz spectacular performance or didn't win for 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 enemy…
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.
Adolf Hitler: The war is lost... But if you think that I'll leave Berlin for that, you are sadly mistaken. I'd prefer to put a bullet in my head.
Power, Greed, Lust are some things that can take you up if they are done in a limit or they can bring you to a downfall.
Story about the Downfall of Hitler.
The movie focuses on the last days of Hitler and how he finally accepted his loss and committed suicide.
What I observed from this movie was how every general under Hitler was ignoring his orders or you can say they were Hitlers of their own region. It was like that power made everybody blind. Even in the situation of…
Film 4 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge: A film about war!
I don't like films about war. If I were to choose what to watch between a war film and any other film I would probably pick the other film more than 9 out of 10 times. Yet, some of the best films I ever saw were about war.
This is one of those films that is in the IMDB top 250 and therefor has been on my watchlist for some time, but every time I chickened out and watched something lighter instead. Until I put it on my scavenger hunt watch list. Now I had to watch it, and it was indeed very good.
The film shows, apart…
Bleak. Nasty. Unflinchingly authentic. Tough to watch. Very tough to watch... I don't think I've ever witnessed so many suicides on screen, let alone what happens to various women & children.
Bruno Ganz is remarkable in his portrayal as Adolf Hitler during his final days down in his bunker as the Russians attack from all sides - on his 56th birthday. The entire cast is completely believable and never once was I taken out of the film. I felt like I was right there in the Battle of Berlin, anticipating the escape of real-life protagonist Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara) who was chosen as Hitler's secretary three years earlier.
I can't see myself ever watching this again, but I'm glad I saw it.
a great movie
Obviously it's hard to care about any of the character's in downfall as there just all complete dick head's but it is a powerful film mixed with a really interesting concept.
Remarkable for its acting and portrayals of those closest to Hitler, and Hitler himself, in his final days. That it didn't win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is a headscratcher in itself. It also raises the question why anything not in English gets relegated to that category - it ought to have been up for Best Picture.
There are a lot of moral questions that pop into your head at the end of the movie. I have no idea just how faithful each portrayal was. Is there a risk of glorifying one of history's most evil and dangerous people by showing his softer side and the devotion he inspired so vividly. Is it right to sympathise with…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Having finally seen Downfall I can say with confidence that this is the greatest portrayal of Hitler (and the inner workings of the Reich) yet put to film.
Some viewers and critics have criticized the film for attempting to "humanize" Hitler or to make him a sympathetic character for the audience. Not only are these criticisms unfounded, the film's attempts to "humanize" Hitler are one of the most significant and necessary aspects of the film. To go down the well-trodden route of Hitler as evil incarnate, an inhuman demon who we cannot comprehend, would be lazy film-making and unbecoming of a production that seeks to make a genuine examination and commentary on its subject matter.
Many people would like to…
Meticulously constructed with excellent performances all round, Downfall is the story of Hitler's last days alive. Grim, unflinchingly true to life, and haunting in all aspects, this film is great for history buffs and worth a watch if you are interested in the leader of the Third Reich.
As captured in the memoirs of Hitlers personal secretary, the young and impressionable Traudl Junge, this film depicts the last ten days of Nazi Rule over Germany. Set in the bunker, this insightful drama became an instant classic, if not for Bruno Ganz's compelling performance as the worlds most famous dictator, then for its amazing ability to stir even a shred of empathy for the vile characters as their world begins to tatter and crumble.
The performances throughout are excellent, the madness of the Furer as he unravels, losing his mind, his war and the confidence of those closest to him. Its a benchmark in war films, a must see for any world war two enthusiasts.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!