Downfall (2004)

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Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.


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28 February 2005 | Shc-Shc
10
| This movie has physically touched me! ....wow.
I don't know what to say about this film. I am almost speechless.

First of all, this is almost PERFECT cinema, beautifully shot, acted, lit, staged and on and on. BUt it is also the only film in recent memory that had an almost physical impact on me. I left feeling disoriented and very disquieted, a feeling that lasted for several hours.

What we have here is an exercise in patience. A film that allows us to watch the disintegration of the largest empire in modern history, from the inside out. Beginning after the start of the siege of Berlin, the bulk of the film takes place in the cramped bunkers below the city, where Hitler and his officers are trapped like rats on a sinking ship, aware of their fate, but not smart enough, not willing enough, or maybe incapable of escaping the fates they created for themselves.

This is a daring, brilliant film with a virtuoso performance by Bruno Ganz as Hitler. He shows us that beneath the genocidal, world changing shell of hatred that the globe knew, Hitler was still that petty, hatefilled, failed art-student that he was before becoming the greatest villain in history.

awesome, awesome, awesome movie.

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Genres

Biography | Drama | History | War

Details

Release Date:

8 April 2005

Language

French, English, German, Russian


Country of Origin

Germany, Austria, Italy

Filming Locations

Russia

Box Office

Budget:

EUR13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,195 20 February 2005

Gross USA:

$5,509,040

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,181,574

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