Downfall

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2004 ( Germany | Austria | Italy ) ( Biography, Drama, History )( German with English subtitles )Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich MatthesDirector: Oliver HirschbiegelDownfall describes the last 12 days of Adolf Hitlers life as seen through the eyes of his personal secretary, Traudi Judge.Downfall is the first flesh and blood account of Hitler made by a German director in 50 years and the authenticity is truly unsettling. Set mostly in the cement corridors of a bunker under Berlin, Oliver Hirschbiegels remarkable film reconstructs the Fhrers last days as his dreams and the city above are smashed to rubble. Bruno Ganzs chilling study of a brooding isolated figure brilliantly captures the surface charm and reserved friendliness that disguised Hitlers explosive demonic rage and terrifying vitriolic hatred. Thought-provoking and harrowing this is a serious and compelling insight into the darkest era in Germanys history and the utter destruction that Germany brought on itself: defeat without honour. (2hr 36min)

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