Downfall (Der Untergang)
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The last ten days of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime are seen through the eyes of a young woman in his employ in this historical drama from Germany. Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara) was 22 years old when, in the fall of 1942, she was hired to be personal secretary to Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz). In April of 1945, Junge was still working for Hitler as forces were bearing down on Germany and the leader retreated to a secret bunker in Berlin for what would prove to be the last ten days of his life, as well as that of the Third Reich. As Hitler's mistress Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler) attempts… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"May be the definitive account of Hitler's final days and the collapse of the Third Reich."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"For emotional effect it trades less in the spectacle of ebbing power than the tragedy of power's mysterious thrall."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
" unflinching, hard, relentlessly honest movie that refuses to ask questions that have easy answers. It is also brilliantly acted, written and focused..."
‑ David Keyes,
"As the first German-made film about Hitler's ruination since G.W. Pabst's "Der Letzte Akt" ("The Last Act" - 1956) "Downfall" is a stunning cinematic achievement that illuminates minutiae about the last 10 days of the nefarious German leader who won the h"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Downfall is an admirably matter-of-fact history lesson of a movie, but next to real footage of real people with real memories of those days, it pales by comparison."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"With a steely, unblinking resolve, Downfall stares into the abyss, but does not pretend to comprehend it."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Hirschbiegel and Ganz are not apologizing for Nazism. They are trying to come to terms with the fact that the evils of Nazism were invented and carried out by human beings."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
""Downfall" isn't about commuting history's sentence for the Nazis, but heeding its warning - a gruesome, sustained-tension lesson about informed politics and whether those who left evil to its own devices could arrive at a place of complicit guilt."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"What an act of bravery it was to make Downfall."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"An important historical movie about the last days of the Third Reich."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Viewed through a North American lens, the movie itself seems more familiar than fascinating, more innocuous than inflammatory, and, at 21/2 hours, more tedious than anything else."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Provocative look at Hitler's last days is extremely violent."
‑ Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
"It's reach exceeds its grasp; nonetheless, a compelling study of Hitler's last days."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Features a staggeringly creepy performance by Bruno Ganz, whose Hitler is both a raving psychotic and a beaten, melancholic man."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Es un atinado recordatorio de que, como humanidad, debimos haber aprendido la lección, pues de otra forma estamos condenados a repetir la historia, para bien o para mal."
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
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