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Downfall (English Subtitled)

8.22 h 35 min200515
Set in Berlin, 1945, this powerful and provocative war drama retells the final days of the Second World War as recorded in the diaries of Adolf Hitler's private secretary, Traudl Junge.
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Ulrich MatthesJuliane KohlerHeino FerchChristian BerkelMatthias HabichThomas KretschmannMichael MendlAndre Hennicke
Bernd Eichinger
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4.8 out of 5 stars

2644 global ratings

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La vie en roseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 July 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I just watched this movie on Amazon Prime, having read Traudl Junge's biography some time ago. Initially I was surprised that the movie was going to concentrate only on Hitler's very last days in Berlin. Her diaries and the biography covered a longer period and are a rich source of material about Hitler and the Third Reich. Going back further would have given valuable insight into how Hitler's fortunes changed over the course of WW2.
But, on reflection, this is a big subject and it was probably better to concentrate on the most turbulent period.
Whether you believe that Traudl's decision to take the job as Hitler's private secretary was influenced by her youth and excitement at being close to someone so powerful, it's true that her diaries have provided us with the legacy of one of the closest factual accounts we have of the period and especially the last days in the bunker in Berlin.
Bruno Ganz is superb in the role of Adof Hitler. Completely authentic and compelling based on what I've seen of material broadcast by and about Hitler.
The movie is mesmerizing and absorbing. The savagery of war as a whole is all here, and it hardly needs saying that the closer it became to being inevitable that the Reich was doomed, the more savage it all became.
The only fly in the ointment for me was the Americanized English of the subtitles. I cringed every time 'gotta' was used for 'got to', but luckily I understand German reasonably well, so did not have to rely on the subtitles too much.
Kudos to the amazing Bruno Ganz, but also many congratulations to the entire excellent cast, for portraying such an important event so believably. The movie is a roller coaster ride of disbelief and horror.
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P. WILLIAMSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 December 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exceptional depiction of the final days of Hitler and the Nazis.
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There are so many wonderful aspects to this film, from the actors, director, makeup to the costume and production designer.Taken from the book by Traudl Junge, Hitlers last private secretary, she recounts the last days of his life and his demagogicrule while ensconced in the bunker set below the Reichstag.Hitler was a great orator, albeit someone who was paranoid, exciteable, depressed and often all three at the same time BUT he was capable of holding his audience in his hand, an audience that at times consisted of hundreds of thousands of people. He would NOT tolerate failure whatever the reasons and no matter by whom.Bruno Ganz is quite outstanding as the megalomaniac German leader, Alexandra Maria Lara - Traudl Junge whom she plays as being a little 'naive'. Corinna Harfouch - Magda Goebbels, who comes across as even harder than her husband Josef, the Nazi parties accicianado Minister of Propaganda played by Ulrich Matthes who said he could NOT understand HOW Goebbels could show or have any empathy with his victims.The film covers the Russian Army and their entry into Berlin - in the films case supplanted by St.Petersburg where the films crew were given virtually free-rein to make the film.One of the saddest moments in the film comes towards the end when the Goebbels decide life without the Fuhrer just isn't life and they commit mass suicide. Corinna Hafouch states in the films 'extras' that she completely 'broke down' as the time for filming this arrived. Bruno Ganz admitted he was very moved and melancholy when he had one of the child actors playing the Goebbels, sitting on his lap. All those taking part in the film are certain to a man in condemning Hitler, the Nazis and all their terrible actions.The logistics of making the film are explained in the exceptional extras to the film.The film and therefore Bruno Ganz give a first-rate depiction of how Hitler was becoming rapidly unstable as time passed and also that he seemingly had NO idea of what troops he had, where they were at any given time or what they were capable of achieving, and he was also more than willing to sacrifice the WHOLE of the German people, whom he said deserved their fate, indeed blaming THEM for HIS failures.
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StevieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 January 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Atmosphere and tension captured
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This is a piece of art.

If you have already watched it but forgot the second disc give yourself a treat to the "Making of " and other excellent commentaries and interviews.

There are lots of positives about this film already well covered by other reviewers. I want to simply point out why I gave it 4 stars and not 5 (Who cares? But I will try to explain).

Just a couple of portrayals didn't look or sound right. The poor old actors are up against it here because the faces and gestures and voices are so well known (except for Eva Braun's voice. I have simply read that she had a Munich accent which enchanted Adolf Hitler, of course.)

Joseph Goebbels was a weasel of a man both in appearance and gestures. I am sorry but I found the curious voice and appearance of the actor mimicking him a distraction and wrong. Sorry, but there you go.

There was another big miss in portrayal. The flitting, pouting dizzy-headedness of Eva Braun (5ft 4 in) or less cannot be captured by an actress physically too big to play her. Juliane Kühler must be 5'10". To anyone thinking well that doesn't matter, I disagree. It really does matter! Part of the attraction, perhaps the major part of all of the attraction for Hitler was Eva Braun's petiteness (together with youthfulness and accent) I am going for a second fine criticism here. Eva Braun often wore her hair a bit fluffy and not plastered to her head in the style we see here. Wasn't a wig possible? Wrong actress, wrong look. Sorry but there you go. So 4 stars not 5 for the whole thing.

I want to and MUST end on a deservedly positive note. It's a brilliant film.
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ab..cReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unexpected sides of Hitler, as seen from a true co-worker typist in the bunker
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* Synopsis

From November 1942, in Germany, in the famous bunker, a typist Traudl Junge, (Alexandra Maria Lare) is selected to aid Hitler's paperwork. The war begins to turn the tide from success to defeat, and this ongoing personal interaction is recorded in the diary of Traudl Junge.

* Commentary

Well, known names are recorded as actually being present around the bunker, such as Eva Braun (Juliane Kohler), and Joseph Goebbels (Ulrich Mattles), and Albert Speer (Heino Ferch). The part of the Hitler character (Bruno Ganz) has a pleasant side, an even caring with others, which is unexpected. Yet when he meets is his army commanders, he is abusive, shouting and humiliating those under his command. He really flips his anger and rages to lose control as the armies he moves around his maps do not really exist. The extreme devotion to the cause, say with Joseph and Magda Goebbels, is explored. She (Corinna Harfouch) sees no future without National Socialism and murders her six children, and then plays cards. She is more upset with Hitler’s lack of power than of her own offspring being killed. He (Ulrich Mattles) cries over the death of Hitler, but not the millions he killed. He attributes the failure not to himself, but to other choosing his ideas. Joseph had a double Doctorate, yet had not a clue about humanity he destroyed. Its intelligent war movie based on characterisations and not of actions and explosions. It’s a rare movie built with someone who was present at the time they happened.
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Brian ElliottReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Compulsive viewing
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This film should be in anyone's top ten. I have read a lot on the last days of Third Reich and IMHO this is a highly accurate description . The sets and location are outstanding in their accuracy. - I have photographs of the battle for Berlin and there is one photograph of a dead woman in a military vehicle which is reproduced to near perfection. Of course, the main character of Hitler is magnificently acted by Bruno Graz who captures the insanity of Hitler including his involuntary twitching hand ( a result of a failed assassination attempt in 1944 ) . The film captures the fanaticism of the Nazi regime who fought to the last despite knowing that defeat was inevitable . The others characters are superbly caste. A deeply moving film which all students of modern history should watch.
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Alan FariaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 February 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
No english audio like the description says...
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Great movie but there is no english audio like the description says. Altough there are english subtitles in the movie wich is good. The image and sound are great, and there are lots of extras but unfortunately there are no subtitles in the extras except german. The lack of english audio on the movie and english subtitles on the extras were the reasons i only rated it 3*. But the rest is fine, and im happy with this pursache... But It's a real shame you cannot enjoy the extras unless you understand german...
Road RocketReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding and should be made essential viewing for senior schools
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This is one of the finest, if not THE finest, film ever made about WW2. It is extremely well made and acted. Even though Bruno Ganz was (superbly) acting, he came across as a real life Hitler and I now understand why the Führer was such a magnetic yet fearful figure at the same time. The aura of menace is simply frightening. I will not write too much because I will be just reiterating the positive things that most others have written. On the negative side, I also agree with one poster who said the ending was rather weak and sentimental (after Trudi escapes from the bunker) - the only part that let the film down. However, I will ignore that sequence simply for the general brilliance of the film. My most stunning and memorable scene was where the Goebbels children were quietly and 'sensitively' (if there can ever be a 'sensitive' killing) murdered by their mother. I am a hairy type of male who doesn't get upset easily but I had tears running down my face during this harrowing scene - absolutely chilling. This film should be made part of the National Curriculam for all children over 12 years old. Forget all the overly dramatic 'John Wayne' or even the very good 'Saving Private Ryan' type of WW2 films, they are pale when compared with this film.

Although the subtitles in English have been done for the hard of hearing (as well as for us that don't understand German) it does not distract from the overall quality of the film. I am glad though that it wasn't dubbed in English because that would have ruined it.

The special effects were thankfully not computer generated and added a wonderful realism to the film. And if you have 'surround sound' turn up the volume and experience the stunning sound effects throughout, especially when shells are exploding.
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Mr. A. J. TennantReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 April 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent film about Adolf Hitler
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Of all the films about Adolf Hitler's downfall that I've seen, the German-produced Downfall is simply brilliant with its maximum realism and the fact that the Fuhrer and his subordinates were all played by German actors (not that I don't think that all the other World War Two-set films and dramas I've seen are bad as a lot of those other films had British and/or American actors, they're equally brilliant as I have a strong interest in the subject). Bruno Ganz is very convincing as Adolf Hitler as his portrayal of the Fuhrer is very honest and the actor wanted to portray Hitler more as a human being rather than as a monster, and the other actors who played Hitler's subordinates also wanted to portray the characters they played in the film as human beings rather than as monsters.

At just under two-and-a-half hours long, Downfall is one of those films that really draws your attention to the atrocities of World War Two that occurred. I very highly recommend Downfall to all fans of war films, and it is the sort of film that I would watch again during my lifetime.
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