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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 or got nominated for a Oscar for Bruno Ganz spectacular performance or 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…
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.
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,…
A grim, riveting watch. There could be so many pitfalls in depicting this story, this film falls into absolutely none of them. I don't want to watch it again because it's such an awful time in our recent past, but I respect the film hugely for retaining that tone throughout - so many films I think twist or distort our sense of history, but here I feel it's depicted exactly as it should be.
Fantastic look into the last days of one of the most evil person on Earth.
Hitler has always gotten my attention, because he is a monster and it interests me what his life was like and this was such a stunning portrayal of him.
This is not a fun movie.
It was very good. But I don't think I'll ever watch it again.
Someone had a great idea: "Hey, how about we make a war movie, but about the end of a war?"
And then everything got ruined. Ganz is doing an incredible job at overacting for Hitler, no wonder he became a joke meme. And no, it's not a well done depiction of madness...it's just Hitler - overacted.
All of the shots are about as standard as any general TV production, the only thing that stays in your mind as a memory really just are Ganz's mad rants.
Who came up with the runtime of this? Okay everybody knows the story. And even for the international viewers it's not that much hard core historical content, since we're only talking about a couple…
Who wore it better: Adolf Hitler or Charles Chaplin?
the final days of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.
If you're looking for a typical Hollywood war movie, you're not going to get it here. Mostly taken place in Hitler's underground bunker as the end of the war unfolds.
Stunning performance by Bruno Ganz as Hitler.
To be reviewed on Episode 34 of The Immortals...
With intriguing real-life characters, engaging performances, immaculate production values, and controversial subject matter, “Downfall” is one of the most fascinating dramas I’ve seen. It takes a lot of skill, talent, and daring to make sympathetic characters of the Nazis in a major motion picture. Yet the makers of “Downfall” do so quite effectively without ignoring or excusing the evils for which Adolf Hitler and his followers were responsible. What the film does is give us the German people who, excepting for Hitler and some of his most ardent followers, were simply men and women swept up in history. Some of them despise the Nazis but have no choice but to follow them obediently in the face of possible execution; others…
Joseph Goebbels: I feel no sympathy. I repeat, I feel no sympathy! The German people chose their fate. That may surprise some people. Don't fool yourself. We didn't force the German people. They gave us a mandate, and now their little throats are being cut!
This quote sums up rather nicely how the Nazi top officials viewed their fellow citizens during the absolute breakdown of the Nazi Reich during the final days of the siege of Berlin. I have seen this film multiple times and each and every time it manages to punch me in the gut and blow me away. The terrifying street scenes of Berlin, the desperation of its citizens, the complete and utter madness down in the…
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