Downfall (Der Untergang)
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In the dead of a November night in 1942, SS officers through the woods escort a group of young women to Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in Eastern Prussia. They are candidates for the post of personal secretary to the Fuehrer. Among them is 22-year-old Traudl Junge, a fresh-faced girl from Munich. Traudl is chosen for the job and she is overcome with joy at the thought of serving beside her Fuehrer. BERLIN, APRIL 20, 1945: Hitler has retreated to a bunker system under the German Chancellery. Traudl Junge is asleep in her room, deep beneath the ground. She is awakened by tremors from… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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