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Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)

Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)

Hitler: The Last Ten Days

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Alec Guinness plays against stereotype, imbuing his Adolf Hitler with an introverted solemnity in Ennio De Concini's Hitler: The Last Ten Days. Set almost entirely inside Hitler's Berlin bunker, the film chronicles the dying days of the Third Reich as the Allied armies close in on Berlin. Guinness's Hitler is an enclosed depressive who sinks slowly into madness, depression, and ultimately suicide as his 1,000-Year Reich collapses around him.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Maria Pia Fusco, Ivan Moffat, Ennio De Concini, Wolfgang Reinhardt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 3, 2008
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

Cast

Alec Guinness
as Adolf Hitler
Simon Ward
as Hauptmann Hoffmann
Adolfo Celi
as Gen. Krebs
Diane Cilento
as Hanna Reitsch
Eric Porter
as Gen. von Greim
Richard Fescud
as Von Below
James Cossins
as German Officer
John Barron
as Dr. Stumpfegger
Sheila Gish
as Frau Christian
Michael Goodliffe
as Gen. Weidling
Julian Glover
as Fegelein
John Hallam
as Guensche
Barbara Jefford
as Magda Goebbels
Mark Kingston
as Martin Bormann
Doris Kunstmann
as Eva Braun
Phyllida Law
as Fraulein Manzialy
Ann Lynn
as Fraulein Junge
John Bennett
as Josef Goebbels
Andrew Sachs
as Walter Wagner
Philip Stone
as Gen. Jodi
Joss Ackland
as Gen. Burgdorf
Timothy West
as Prof. Gebhardt
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it's not as good as Downfall, but then what is? Alec Guinness is about the oddest choice for Hitler. He was the quintessential Englishman. He gave great performances, but all of his characters have the same sort of quiet thoughtfulness, that typical English reserve which is so hard to imitate but impossible to mistake. Which is why here we see Hitler as a moody intellectual man struggling with depression and slipping into megalomania. I just don't think he can turn off his thoughtfulness to capture the violent emotionalism of Hitler.

The attempt to humanize Hitler seems to have made people nervous since they randomly intersperse scenes with footage of Nazi atrocities. I don't know what emotion that was supposed to stir, but it just left me confused.

½

Well shot and had a good music score, but the writing was subpar and the acting wooden despite the veteran cast. The opening credits were great while the ending was horrible. As a denouncement of Nazism it is superb, but it mostly fails as a film.

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