Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)
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as Adolf Hitler
as Traudl Junge
as Magda Goebbels
as Joseph Goebbels
as Eva Braun
as Albert Speer
as Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck
as Prof. Dr. Werner Haase
as SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein
as General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling
as SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke
as Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler
as Peter, the Hitler Youth kid
as Gerda Christian
as Wilhelm Burgdorf
as Walther Hewel
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Critic Reviews for Downfall (Der Untergang)
May be the definitive account of Hitler's final days and the collapse of the Third Reich.
With a steely, unblinking resolve, Downfall stares into the abyss, but does not pretend to comprehend it.
Viewed through a North American lens, the movie itself seems more familiar than fascinating, more innocuous than inflammatory, and, at 21/2 hours, more tedious than anything else.
For emotional effect it trades less in the spectacle of ebbing power than the tragedy of power's mysterious thrall.
Hirschbiegel and Ganz are not apologizing for Nazism. They are trying to come to terms with the fact that the evils of Nazism were invented and carried out by human beings.
In a remarkable performance, perhaps the most impressive portrait of Hitler ever captured on film, Bruno Ganz plays Hitler as delusional, hateful and cruel man -- but also human.
Audience Reviews for Downfall (Der Untergang)
A very interesting look at an oft-over-reviewed subject.
Based on true life memoirs of people who were actually there, this starkly gripping depiction of the last days of the third reich can hardly be described as an enjoyable experience. The german people are suffering terrible hardship as the attacking Russian forces reach Berlin while Hitler's cowardly henchmen are attempting to make their escape or plotting the murder/suicides of themselves and their families when faced with the consequences of their monstrous actions. Lynch mobs roam the streets dispensing "justice" against suspected traitors (who in Hitler's deranged eyes seemed to include virtually everyone) and ill-equipped professional german soldiers are ordered to fight to the death in the face of certain defeat. The entire cast of the film are superb, but it is Bruno Ganz's remarkable performance that is the centrepiece of the film. His portrayal of Hitler veering between twitching broken shell and wild-eyed delusional maniac (who even at the end still commanded fanatical belief in him from some of his people) is totally convincing. It is still difficult to fully comprehend what you are seeing even as it happens in front of your eyes and I was left feeling shellshocked at the film's end;.possibly the most important film made about WWII and something everyone simply must see.
That this, the most accessible, most illuminating film about the end of the Third Reich and the last days of Adolph Hitler, comes from Germany ... well, its mind-boggling. Ganz's performance is soul searing and no one in the piece deserts the high standards he sets. There are no false moments to be found here. A masterwork. A revelation.
Downfall (Der Untergang) Quotes
|Adolf Hitler:||Be ruthless. Life doesn't forgive weakness.|
|Hermann Fegelein:||So that means we are no longer allowed to think?|
|Hermann Fegelein:||Yeah? What do you expect from a teetotal, non-smoking vegetarian?|
|Traudl Junge:||All these horrors I've heard of during the Nurnberg process, these six million Jews, other thinking people or people of another race, who perished. That shocked me deeply. But I hadn't made the connection with my past. I assured myself with the thought of not being personally guilty. And that I didn't know anything about the enormous scale of it. But one day I walked by a memorial plate of Sophie Scholl in the Franz-Joseph-Strasse. I saw that she was about my age and she was executed in the same year I came to Hitler. And at that moment I actually realised that a young age isn't an excuse. And that it might have been possible to get to know things.|
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