Monday, February 27, 2006

Reference Film: Der Untergang by Oliver Hirschbiegel

Der Untergang (2004)
Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
Also Known As:

Caduta - Gli ultimi giorni di Hitler, La (Italy)
Declino, Il (Italy)
The Downfall (literal English title)
The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich (USA)
Untergang - Hitler und das Ende des 3. Reichs, Der (Germany) (working title)
Cast: Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler, Alexandra Maria Lara as Traudl Junge, Corinna Harfouch as Magda Goebbels, Ulrich Matthes as Joseph Goebbels, Juliane Köhler as
Eva Braun, Heino Ferch as Albert Speer
Runtime: 156 min

Country: Germany / Italy / Austria
Language: German/ Russian
Colour: Colour
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

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. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, 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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