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Downfall

(DVD - 2005 - German)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Loosely based on her actual first-hand account, depicts the final ten days of Nazi Germany as seen through the eyes of Hitler's then-secretary Gertraud (Traudl) Junge. Joining Hitler and his inner circle at their bunker in Berlin, she witnesses the collapse of Hitler's plans for the Third Reich. As the Russian army takes the city, the dissipation, horrific beliefs, and merciless logic of Hitler's philosophy and followers becomes ever more apparent and visceral.

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Feb 20, 2015
  • haPPY_FUn_baLL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very good depiction of the final days of Hitler's power. It helps explain the motivations of the inner circle; from the uber-Nazis who share Hitler's deluded world-vision and twisted perception of reality (ie Goebbels), to the opportunists (ie Goering), to the career soldiers who just follow orders. The protagonist (Hitler's secretary) falls into the category of naive opportunist who is torn between the two sides to Der Fuhrer: the kindly thoughtful boss and the hateful raving lunatic.

Dec 10, 2014
  • smustafi15 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The last days of Adolf Hitler’s world in all its madness.

Nov 04, 2014
  • Scaltro rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Incredibly good. Draws you in, and very insightful into those days - the characters involved, the pure inhumanity. Well acted and good story. Plus it's history - some things I didn't know before. Yes it is long, but probably needed for the story it was telling.

Oct 28, 2014
  • gurujr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tough to humanize monsters of the 3rd Reich but that's not what this movie was trying to do. Great portrayal of political fanaticism and its tragic endgame.

The acting in this movie is very good,
however, I do not find it accurate representation per history. Do these producers not realize that the "Russians" were not around then? What was called the "Soviet Union"? I am not sure why they would not be straight in that title.
Fairly violent, but worthy story.

Jun 17, 2014
  • nycounsel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very good movie, and some amazing acting and scenes. Slightly longer than it needed to be, and the story was sometimes a little disjointed, but certainly worth watching.

Dec 31, 2013
  • erinsnest rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Pretty engrossing stuff. Couldn't pause it to go to bed, and now I'm going to be tired (again) tomorrow. Also, now I have 2 more books on my for later shelf. I'm going to have to live a long long time to get through that list! Oh well, never bored!

Jul 08, 2013
  • oldfryup rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Terrific recreation of those events. Bruno Ganz is stunning as Hitler. Everyone can be reminded of what it means to be a Nazi by Mrs.Geobbels. She murdered her six beautiful children, to save them from being a member of a world that would exist without the Nazi Party. Nice Mom????The opening sequence of hiring a secretary almost makes you think the movie is going to humanize Hitler...not for long

Ganz does a great job of playing Hitler, even down his accent, which is pantomimed to BRD Kanzler Konrad Adenauer in "the Baader-Meinhof Complex". One of the most gripping scenes are the ones portraying the childrens' fealty to Hitler: "Wir sind zu Hitler geschworn'", especially, the socialist expedient to the disolution of it's power was to plunder the lives of children. Anyone that espouses socialism should see this movie and support the republican aim of a tacit nationalism without an overweening statism. Buy your own butter and bandages!

Oct 22, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

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Aug 03, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I don't do politics anymore.

Aug 03, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The best thing to do is shoot yourself in the mouth.

Aug 03, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Fuhrer is the fuhrer!

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Feb 20, 2015
  • haPPY_FUn_baLL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 29, 2009
  • Susann rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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