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Set in Berlin, 1945, this powerful and provocative war drama retells the final days of the Second World War as recorded in the diaries of Adolf Hitler's private secretary, Traudl Junge, while barricaded with Hitler and his closest confidants in the Führer's secret bunker. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Experiment) with an astonishing performance by Bruno Ganz (The Manchurian Candidate) as history's most notorious figure, this unprecedented and controversial insider's perspective is gripping insight into the madness and desperation of Hitler in the final hours of the war as the Russian Army closes a ring around Berlin.
A Monumental Film
This is a film of genuine historical importance, one that has been produced to the highest standards and acted with exemplary skill. The performance of Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler is quite simply extraordinary, a true masterpiece of observation. Hitler was a monster, but still a human being. This film skillfully balances the traditional demonization of Hitler against the realities of his personality, and in doing so provides a masterful insight into how blind submission to the totalitarianism of the Third Reich resulted in a collective insanity amongst its leaders right up to the moment of the its ultimate collapse. Five stars to one of the decade's most powerful and compelling dramas.
This film was never intended to glorify Nazi Germany or make the audience feel sympathy. It was designed to show the futility of warfare, something the director achieves perfectly.
Ignore the one star comment by some left wing idiot brainwashed by the one sided reporting of WW2. The film is a masterpiece. Bruno Gantz is superb. The realism is incredible. This is not a pro Hitler film at all, just the opposite. It shows the tragedy that befell a nation led by starvation to a bitter desperate road to Stalingrad and beyond.. Ignore the unwashed jobless Nazi haters who shout down anyone with an interest WW2 - what Stalin did to his own people was even worse than Hitler. You should study history before leaping in with daft comments. Watch this film. It's true and accurate. If you want to know about Russia and what the Germans did there then watch a film called "Come See" for balance...No-one has made a film yet about Stalin and the millions he killed. Don't be put off watching this film though, a masterful portrait of Hitler's last days and more importantly the end of the Third Reich....
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2005
- © 2004 Constantin Film Produktions GmbH. All Rights Reserved.