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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…
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.
Due to mainstream cinema’s centre is found in the heart Hollywood, the war genre have constantly taken on a singular perspective, frequently revolving of those who played a critical part, whether they may be ranked low or high in their respective fields, in ensuring the world’s freedom and to stop the horrific acts of a German leader; many of these films have resulted into something beautiful, recreating some of history’s significant events that allows passing generations to understand and be immersed of a long gone time, that sense of tribute to those who have unfortunately fallen and gloriously triumphed during the world’s most devastating period. After some time, seeing so many iterations of the perspective of the Allies, have reached…
Film #29 of the April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
8. A film featuring political views you personally disagree with.
"You must be on stage when the curtain falls."
Probably the most beautifully shot film I've ever seen.
Downfall is a nearly impeccably conceived look at the man also known as one of the most ruthless dictators in our history, Adolf Hitler.
Agreeing with it or not (which hopefully you don't), the film is undeniably bold in its attempt of showing another side of the Führer. Bruno Ganz plays a real man here, unlike 99% of the portrayals of Hitler in media. He admittedly even made me feel a little sad about the man, somehow.
It can be a little convoluted at…
My political science professor didn't understand why I couldn't stop laughing at Hitler's rant scene.
Perfekt. Ausgezeichnete blick in Nazi-Deutschland während des ende des Drittes Reich. Bruno Ganz ist fantastisch wie Hitler. Einer meiner lieblings ausländische filme aller zeiten.
Downfall accomplishes its primary goals of humanizing a man viewed to be monster in order to re-contextualize his actions within the capabilities of flesh-and-blood human beings and of portraying the consequences of unwavering adherence to the will of authority, and while this feat is admirable, the film is guilty of committing several sins that have plagued historical epics since the genre's inception. The work is solidly made, but undeniably overstuffed, the director opting out of challenging the medium in favor of an extreme obedience to portraying the historical events exactly as they happened. There are several narrative threads that feel unnecessary and redundant, the focus on dozens of Hitler's officers and close friends needlessly stretching the film's running time past…
If some things will not let me sleep peacefully and disturb in depth, this must be the one among. Breathtaking.
"Habt ihr schon das Neuste von draussen gehört? Berlin ist jetzt die Stadt der Warenhäuser. Hier war en Haus, da waren Haus." (Roughly: "Have you heard the latest news from outside? Berlin is now the city of warehouses. There were houses.")
We are treated to this brilliant pun in what is otherwise a quite humourless story. This is director Hirschbiegel's second movie, after the strong debut Das Experiment (2001). Two of the actors that appear in the aforementioned movie, Christian Berkel and Justus von Dohnányi, appear in this movie too and perform really well. The cast performs well in general, but falls short of Bruno Ganz' performance. His portrayal of Adolf Hitler is impeccable.
While Hitler's mind is falling apart…
Part of Scavenger Hunt 13 - April 2016
Film #6 - Task #8 A film featuring political views you personally disagree with
Hitler. A name everyone knows. Some people get filled with anger when they hear it - The man killed millions.
He was a monster for most people.
Despite all he did, I can't stop admiring him a little bit... This man was the ruler of a country, conquered most of europe... Without any political education.
But despite all the things he did, he was still a human being.
And that's exactly what Downfall wants to show you. It's Adolf Hitler in his most vulnerable moments. A few days before his dream, his vision, is destroyed. Before he…
I watched this on Netflix.
I’ve always found this film a perfect companion piece to Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, both extremely powerful true stories on the subject of World War II looking at the opposite side of the War and its effects.
As Schindler’s List focuses on the moral decisions of a man fighting against the war, Downfall focuses on one mans relentless desire for the war, that man being Adolf Hitler. With Downfall being a German National production it feels authentic down to the wire. The performances all round are fantastic, Bruno Ganz in particular can only be described as outstanding in his role as one of the most evil men that ever lived. Yet Ganz acting makes you…
Film # 22 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 12" Challenge
Task # 12: A World War II film told fro the perspective of the Axis powers
In Germany “Der Untergang” caused commotion. The film shows the last days of Adolf Hitler and critics thought it would encourage rehabilitation of the German dictator. Luckily for director Oliver Hirschbiegel this riot was a guaranty for lots of viewers.
Berlin 1945. World War II is coming to an end and the red army enters the German capitol. Adolf Hitler Is hiding out with Eva Braun and a small group of loyal officers. Hitler is witnessing the downfall of the Third Reich, but he refuses to surrender. This means more dead. Most…
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