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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…
The last hour of this film is an absolute massacre. So many people die (mainly from shooting themselves). It's incredible.
A dog, many kids, males, females, Hitler. EVERYONE DIES.
Well I watched this for school and it was definitely educational. Boring as hell though. Except Hitler's breakdown though, that one part was good.
3 hours of film about the end of WWII in Hitler's bunker doesn't sound like riveting viewing, yet it somehow is. Bruno Granz is especially good at somehow managing to play the man who is considered by many to be the embodiment of evil. Would only recommend to people interested in the subject matter however.
Hiding in a bunker, surrounded by Russians, low on moral and out of options. Downfall tells the tale of crazy pants Hitler's immense displeasure at the lack of patriotic pep from his usually reliable inner circle and delusional aspirations of the fatherlands impending victory. A well acted and powerfully delivered account of the final claustrophobic days of the thankfully doomed Third Reich.
I appear to be have been watching a lot of kung-fu and Nazi flicks. I'm either unconsciously preparing for the potential awesomeness of Kung Fury or consciously coupling myself for a rematch with Surf Nazi's Must Die. Or both, knowing me.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This plays out like some surrealistic soap opera. That might sound like a disaster but it captures the absurdity of the situation very well. I found there was a thin vein of humour running under the surface. Not sure if it's the filmmakers intent, and it's not based solely on the infamy of that Internet meme. It comes across in some of the performances and some of the dialog. But it is thin. Other than that the whole scenario was fascinating. I'm assuming it was historically accurate, as much as anything like this can be, and it wasn't really how I imagined it would be. The acting was very good and production value pretty decent. Definitely worth a watch despite…
An interesting look at the fall of Hitler and the Nazis. The film shows us the inner workings of the high command of the party in their final days and makes them seam human with out trying to make us feel for them. There are very few films that look at this aspect of the war and Downfall handles its tricky subject matter very well. A well acted film that justifies its two and a half hour run-time. Not so much a war film more a film about war that looks at an often forgotten part of the second world war. It dose not try and make us feel for the rulers of the party but more shows us the effect that being bound to the will of a psychopathic mad man like Hitler has on normal soldiers and the people of Germany. Well worth a watch.
The single most striking thing about this drama, is Bruno Ganz's performance as Hitler in his final days. The rest of the cast are well complemented, the story is compelling, raw, and sad, but Ganz, wow, great acting! Good all round direction, production design, sound, and scripting too.
Is there a good film beneath the meme? Maybe, but it could stand to be much more focused. Who was the everyman kid running around throughout the film? In fact, without being Hugh Trevor Roper (or a well-read neo nazi), how many people were able to follow exactly who everyone was and what they were doing? As for the criticism that it's too sympathetic to ol' Adolf... well, sure he's nice to his dog, and kind to his secretaries, but does that really discount the fact he's batshit crazy for the other 90% of the time? I didn't think so.
Wow. At times I actually felt that I was actually there and thought that I was going to die along with the Third Reich. Non-stop thrills throughout the film from start to end. Wow
Bruno Ganz' role as Adolf Hitler should honestly go down as one of the greatest acting performances in movie history.
This movie has just made my personal Top 5 movies of all time.
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!