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About the Film
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.
Acting is perfect, but movie isn't thrilling
I don't know if it is true, and even if some source will confirm validity of film, I won't believe. I don't think that film or any other account is going to be reliable, because it was a defeat, and very likely that Russian actually exterminated everybody. If not, you can tell that everybody died. Who exactly can proof, or at least provide any evidence? Just as a war movie it self, I'd say it's boring. I learned WW2, and I'm into history, despite my interest; you have consider not watching it. Reading the article is enough.
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.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2005
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