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Downfall 2004

  • Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • September 8, 2004
  • 156 mins
  • German
  • Drama, History, War
April 1945, a nation awaits its...Downfall
In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his generals and advisers to fight to the last man. When the end finally does come, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender.


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Excelente película que nos lleva a esos últimos días de la caída de Imperio Nazi, nos muestra todo lo que tuvieron que vivir dichas personas, una historia muy trabajada y que transmite y te hace sentir lo que te cuenta. Excelente actuaciones, primordialmente la de Bruno Ganz.
Muy buena pelicula, recomendada para verla y que puedas ver desde otro angulo la historia de la guerra, en este caso desde el punto de vista de los alemanes, sus acciones y fe que profesaban por su alocado líder.

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My grandparents were children living in Berlin, Germany during World War 2 and remembered the air raids vividly, as well as the terror that accompanied cowering in the basement and feeling the earth rumble, fearing for their lifes, while houses right down the street where bombed to bits.
When I told them about this movie in 2004, they had to go see it and I was eager to hear what they thought. They are usually jovial and upbeat, but they felt great sorrow and despair when they saw this movie. They cried in the movie theater. It was not just a movie to them, they travelled back in time to a long forgotten and repressed time.

I thought this movie was very well made and Bruno Ganz acts frighteningly well as Adolf Hitler, but seeing how my grandparents reacted, I think this movie is also a beacon to let people remember the terror that came with war, and those that were not born yet, to get a small glimpse into that reality.

9/10 - Edge-of-the-seat atmosphere, combined with a tour de force by Bruno Ganz makes this one a winner

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