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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…
Nothing to write home about, but nothing to ignore, either.
A fascinating drama about the last days of Adolf Hitler.
The last days of the Third Reich are portrayed very powerfully in this film. It's a story we all know, there are no surprises but the actors keep us interested in their telling of the story.
Never thought Hitler's last hours/days could be this entertaining.
Ich hab's geschafft! Er hat mich engagiert!
film nr 14
Na 'Er ist wieder da' en zijn referenties naar 'Der Untergang' kom ik toch niet anders dan deze klassieker eens te bekijken en dit gat in mijn filmgeschiedenis te dichten.
Cinematic brilliance with an awesome performance from Bruno Ganz....
The best portrayal of Hitler on the silver screen and one hell of a film. Bruno Ganz nails it in every scene.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Really enjoyed it. Hitler wasn't portrayed as this man that gets revealed fully at the end of the film like in other Hollywood movies, it worried me at first, but I enjoyed the gradual progression and mood swings that Hitler had during his last few days. Tense and hard to watch during the build up to their own suicide. So much death yet so much life in the main character. Some of the last 20 minutes could have been cut out but apart from that, a really really good historic film.
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!