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Downfall (Der untergang) - Bruno Ganz, Alexandria Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler, Oliver Hirschbiegel

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Movie propaganda

In 1942 Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara) is personally selected by Hitler (Bruno Ganz) as his secretary and in April 1945 she is with him in the bunker, devoted to the man although wary of his beliefs. Downfall tells the story of Hitler's last days in Berlin from Junge's perspective and is as close to being in the bunker as one can get.

By April 1945, the enemy was at the gates. The Russian army is advancing on Berlin and defeat is inevitable. Hitler's moods range from defiance to delusion and others must decide whether to fight or flee, remain loyal or opt for self-preservation. Hitler ponders the fate of Germany whilst Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler) parties like the last passenger on the Titanic, Magda Goebbels (Corinna Harfouch) kills all her children, while Hitler takes advice on the most effective means of suicide.

Directed with stunning intensity and admirable objectivity by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The experiment - Das experiment), Downfall breaks with taboos in portraying Hitler as a nefarious and seriously flawed man, but just a man nevertheless. Already a record-breaking box office success in Germany and the German Oscar bid for Best Foreign Language Film, Downfall has everything required to become one of the classic films about World War II.

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film German Germany World War II Adolph Hitler Eva Braun Berlin Bunker suicide

Persons of interest

  • Bruno Ganz .... Adolf Hitler
  • Alexandra Maria Lara .... Traudl Junge
  • Corinna Harfouch .... Magda Goebbels
  • Ulrich Matthes .... Joseph Goebbels
  • Juliane Köhler .... Eva Braun
  • Heino Ferch .... Albert Speer
  • Christian Berkel .... Professor Dr Ernst-Günter Schenck
  • Matthias Habich .... Professor Dr Werner Haase
  • Thomas Kretschmann .... SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein
  • Michael Mendl .... General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling
  • André Hennicke .... SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke
  • Ulrich Noethen .... Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler
  • Birgit Minichmayr .... Gerda Christian
  • Rolf Kanies .... General der Infanterie Hans Krebs
  • Justus von Dohnanyi .... General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf
  • Dieter Mann .... Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel
  • Christian Redl .... Generaloberst Alfred Jodl
  • Götz Otto .... Adjutant, SS-Hauptsturmführer Otto Günsche
  • Thomas Limpinsel .... Heinz Linge, Kammerdiener
  • Thomas Thieme .... Martin Bormann
  • Gerald Alexander Held .... Walter Hewel
  • Donevan Gunia .... Peter Kranz
  • Bettina Redlich .... Constanze Manziarly
  • Heinrich Schmieder .... Rochus Misch
  • Anna Thalbach .... Hanna Reitsch
  • Dietrich Hollinderbäumer .... Generalfeldmarschall Robert Ritter von Greim
  • Ulrike Krumbiegel .... Dorothee Kranz
  • Karl Kranzkowski .... Wilhelm Kranz
  • Thorsten Krohn .... Leibarzt Dr Ludwig Stumpfegger
  • Jürgen Tonkel .... SS-Sturmbannführer Erich Kempka
  • Devid Striesow .... Feldwebel Tornow
  • Fabian Busch .... Obersturmbannführer Stehr
  • Christian Hoening .... SS-Reichsarzt Dr Ernst-Robert Grawitz
  • Aleksandr Slastin .... General Wassili I Tschuikow
  • Aline Sokar .... Helga Goebbels
  • Amelie Menges .... Heide Goebbels
  • Charlotte Stoiber .... Hilde Goebbels
  • Gregory Borlein .... Helmut Goebbels
  • Julia Bauer .... Hedda Goebbels
  • Laura Borlein .... Holde Goebbels
  • Joachim Fest .... Author: Inside Hitler's bunker
  • Traudl Junge .... Author: Bis zur letzten stunde
  • Melissa Müller .... Author: Bis zur letzten stunde
  • Bernd Eichinger .... Screenwriter
  • Oliver Hirschbiegel .... Director

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Theatrical report

Downfall is a wonderful film in that it shows us events that happened on the German side of World War II. We know that the Jews fought back in Uprising. The Yanks joined the war in Band of brothers and Saving Private Ryan. The British hunted U-boats in Enigma. Even the seminal submarine film Das boot is about submariners more than it is about Germans. Only in Germany could Der untergang have occurred.

If you have any interest in history, war or teaching people what really happened, Downfall is for you.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: German
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries: Behind-the-scenes
    • Interviews: Cast
    • Trailers: Upcoming releases
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Suicide theme, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

156 minutes (2:36 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 21 April 2005
DVD rental: 26 October 2005
VHS rental: 26 October 2005

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