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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece of Historical Cinematography

    A superb production, Downfall (Der Untergang) has set the standard for historical films. Based on "Inside Hitler's Bunker" by Joachim Fest, "Until the Final Hour" by Traudl Junge and Melissa Müller, and the memoirs of Albert Speer and Dr. Ernst-Günther Schenck, the film admirably presents the agony of the final days of the Third Reich. The film has been criticized for portraying its characters --some of whom were the top criminals in Hitler's regime-- sympathetically. But this criticism misses the point of the movie. Director Oliver Hirschbiegel set out to depict his characters not as stereotyped malevolent demons but, more chillingly, as what they were in real life: ordinary human beings blinded by an irrational ideology and absolute power. The tacit message is that this can happen to anyone, in any society, when humane values and principles are quashed by ideological dictates. This sobering thought is the film's greatest contribution to posterity.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    My favorite film!

    Downfall is absolutely amazing- it is such a well-made film. Hirschbiegel knows his skills and displays them to the fullest extent of the film. Particularly worth mentioning is the lighting in the film as well as the use of small spaces. The film brings together A-list German actors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    incredible portrayal

    This is by far one of the most engaging movies I've ever seen, historical and otherwise. Definitely a downer, but I mean that in the best way possible. What separates it from any other WWII film, too, is its perspective; there are moments when one can't help but even feel sympathy for Hitler and some of the notable figures here. The humanizing of these historically hated figures is SO well done, but does not let them escape from a rather historically accurate ambience; as soon as you begin to feel compassion for these people, the story opens up and allows them to return to the demonized personas we better recognize. Phenomenal acting, as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Authentic history

    acting was great...very realistic...if you are a history buff you will enjoy it..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Nightmare at the end of the Nightmare

    Few, if anyone today is alive who could tell the true story of what happened in Hitler's bunker in the last days of the Third Reich. This film is told as seen through the eyes of Traudl Junge one of Hitler's secretaries who witnessed the Nazi high command close up from 1942 to the end of the war.

    After Junge is chosen to be a secretary to Hitler in the middle of the night. the film jumps to 1945 Berlin. No longer are there celebrations of the victories of the German army, now is the time of realization that it is only a matter of time before the Russians capture the city. For those caught in the bunker they are under a death sentence and are awaiting it to be carried out. In that regard you can feel the oppressiveness of being underground and little hope of survival.

    The performances are quite good and it is surprising that this film isn't known better in the U.S. This is probably the best representation of all of the films that portray the last days of the war in Berlin. It is disturbing even now to see the loyalty that men and women had to Hitler even after his death. Their world had collapsed and they no longer cared to live in a world without Hitler.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absoultely Amazing

    This is one the best movies ever made! The story is so powerful, it completely takes your breathe away. The scenes when Berlin is being bombed are so real that you feel you are part of the civilian population. The scene where the Goebbels are with their children are some of the most heartbreaking. It should have won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

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    this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great History!

    Downfall is an excellent movie that is certainly not for everyone. We all know the plot; Hitler, in the last desperate days of WWII is holed up in the Bunker with his admiring hangers-on; some resigned to die, others hoping to flee, most unbeliving.<BR/><BR/>This is told mainly through the eyes of Trudle Junge, Hitler's private secretary. She is seen as a nieve partici9pant in a world of macabe fanatics.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    great film

    this is a great historical film detailing the last days of hitler's reign of power. It shows that even villians can have a human side to them; that they feel things like everyone else does, but make horrible choices and decisions because of those feelings. I like that this film points out the loyalty to an ideal that these people had, even if it was a horrible, sick one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved the movie everything was factual

    I loved this movie because it did not try to make WWII sound like a little fantasy like most movies do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entrancing as it is horrific

    Downfall stands as both an historically and emotionally authentic film, starkly portraying Hitler's seeming reasonableness, even humanity, in some moments, while also capturing the raving insanity of his tirades and blatherings. Focused on his isolation, the film becomes truly horrific when the viewer realizes that his vast military bureaucracy was actually carrying out the intentions of his hate-stained mind. This film would make any reasonable human being highly skeptical of any elective war, led by isolated & self-reinforcing leaders removed from reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    I am watching this film for the first time and am 10 minutes into it. Even if I saw no more, these 10 minutes would go down as a towering achievement in historical drama. Who can imagine how difficult it is for German actors to portray Nazis so efficiently.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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