The film "Downfall" portrays the last weeks of the dictator Adolf Hitler and his closest confidants in the bunker beneath Berlin, while above them the Allies launch their assault on the German capital. One of the people in the bunker is the young secretary Traudl Junge, on whose memoirs the film is based.
"Downfall" is the first German film to broach the subject of Hitler straight-on since G.W. Pabst's 1956 film "Der Letste Akt". Says director Oliver Hirschbiegel, "In terms of German film history, we are breaking new ground here, since there is no cinematic frame of reference."
The film has created quite a stir due to its emotional depiction of Adolf Hitler's private side during the last days of the war. The film shows a very intimate perspective of Hitler that has caused some controversy and raised many questions. Is it okay to portray the human side of people like Adolf Hitler, a man reviled as a monster for his beliefs and actions?
"Hollywood Reporter" named the film "one of the best war movies ever made". A controversial German film about the final days of Adolf Hitler's life has been nominated for an Oscar as best foreign language film.
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler, Corinna Harfouch, Thomas Kretschmann, Ulrich Matthes, Heino Ferch
German language with latvian and russian subtitles.
Acme Film SIA