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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…
“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.
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.
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,…
Downfall is a lengthy movie at almost two and a half hours long, but it never stops being a compelling watch. It’s disturbing in its mundanity and frequently shocking, humanising Hitler without ever expecting you to empathise with him. It’s a really chilling character study that focuses on the smallest details, delivering authenticity and a powerfully intense claustrophobic atmosphere.
Pretty much as close to perfect as you can get for a war film. It's over 2 1/2 hours long, but the tension level is so high that it just flies by. Every scene is fascinating and every second worthwhile.
One of its best assets is also something that people may not like, in that it humanises the Nazi party. Downfall details the last few days of the Third Reich as Russia marches on Germany. It's told entirely from the point of view of members of the Nazi party and SS officers. Rather than portraying them as soulless monsters like in typical WWII fare, it allows us inside the minds of people as they witness their world crumbling around them, and either how poorly they react when they realise what is happening, or the lengths they will go to in order to avoid the truth.
I highly recommend anyone interested in World War II to check this movie out.
La caída del pueblo alemán y el completo derrumbe físico y mental de su líder y dictador ante la inminente derrota.
La actuación de Bruno Ganz y el hecho de que la película fuera una producción alemana realzan enormemente a esta excelente película. Sin la mirada de los ganadores un cruento y serio trabajo sobre el tema.
The fall of the German people and the complete physical and mental breakdown of its leader and dictator on front of the imminent defeat.
Bruno Ganz's performance and the fact that the film was a German production greatly enhance this excellent film.
Immer die gleichen sich abwechselnden Szenen. Bunker - Straßenkrieg - Bunker etc. Die Kriegsszenen sind meist totale Einstellungen, in denen es wackelt und kracht und enthalten die üblichen Klischees bzw. Konventionen, die man an solche Szenen stellt. Die sollen anscheinend die Bunkerszenen konterkarieren bzw. erden. Denn im Bunker findet so eine Art Klassentreffen der Nazi-All-Stars statt, mit Guido-Knopp-Ästhetik und viel unfreiwilliger Komik. Wenn Bruno Ganz loslegt, kann man nicht immer ernst bleiben (ein Highlight: die Heiratsszene).
From the people that brought you Hitler meme comes "the movie". Breaking down the last day of Berlin the movie shows really s lot of people ending it all. Atmospheric throughout and thick with acting (I think, it's all German to me). The film loses a bit of focus but really kills it overall
An inspired and nuanced look at the final days of one of histories greatest monsters.
This film manages to make Hitler look sympathetic one moment and then reminds you of why you hated him in the first place.
Unforgettable portrait of Hitler during his final days in the Führerbunker. Just when he starts resembling something approximating a human being, out comes a spew of anti-Semitic hatred or venom spewed at those loyal to him. It's a ferocious performance from former-angel Bruno Ganz.
Engrossing, fascinating, and disturbing study of Hitler's final days and inner circle. The film doesn't glorify Hitler. It portrays the people who glorified Hitler, including the man himself and his grandiose self-important delusions. It provides us with initially identifiable people who gradually reveal themselves to be capable of frightening beliefs and truly horrifying actions that still seem incomprehensible as the actions of fellow human beings.
The importance of this film cannot be understated. Yes, Hitler was…
All it took, was Eva Braun telling a story of how she used to abuse Hitlers dog, to make her the most evil person in this movie.
All kidding aside though, this is a hard hitting movie about one of the most impactful moments in modern history, told excellently through great performances and a fantastic script. Few movies have treated this war with the same respect that Der Untergang does.
Solid as hell. What i would call an essential movie for understanding WW2.
My favourite moment is when Hitler, the man responsible for millions of deaths, had to look away as the dog was poisoned. A fascinating look at the frailties and human moments that get ignored when talking about the big picture of war.
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