#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. 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.
Plot: 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. When the end finally does come, 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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A truer rendition of Hitler I’ve never seen…
Not since perhaps Rod Steiger’s portrayal of Benito Mussolini in Moustapha Akkad’s LION OF THE DESERT (1980) have I seen a notorious dictator more realistically acted than Bruno Ganz’s stunning display as “Der Fuerer” in The Downfall (2004).
Sitting amongst a full-house of patrons here at the Toronto Int’l Film Festival’s 2004 edition, Ganz captivated the local audience with the scariest Hitler I’ve ever seen up on the silver screen — better than Noah Taylor’s English Hitler in MAX just a couple of years back.
Audience members get a glimpse into the final days of Hitler’s rule from the bunker deep beneath the Reich Chancellery in Nazi Berlin’s dying days. The defeated spirit of the Nazis — covered extensively in the history books — has seldomly been more penetratingly shown on the Big Screen. Bravo to director Oliver Hirschbiegel for doing this the right (German) way — for intrepidly tackling a period piece few German producers might.
I’d had a chance to chat with the actors post-screening, with lead actress Alexandra Maria Lara (playing Traudl Junge) candidly admitting the sheer amount of work she’d diligently invested in bringing her character to life — doubtless complicated by the death of Frau Junge in 2002. Her research, however, was clearly impeccable and left no stone unturned. Corinna Harfouch wasn’t on hand — as Magda Goebbels. Pity because in many respects, she convincingly stole the show.
So rarely do we see Hitler on screen in modern days to allow us a glimpse into the horrifying nature of a madman bent on global domination. We all know the end of this story, but seldom does a film so masterfully suspend your disbelief than does The Downfall in making you wonder just how the Third Reich might end. Historical fiction might never be the same.
Probably the most accurate WW II movie I have ever seen
A lot of war movies have a sense of patriotism or commercialism, but Der Untergang feels like it is just giving you the cold hard facts of the last ten days of the Third Reich. I have to commend the filmmakers for not using black and white or filtering the color, like many other WW II movies today. It is becoming a cliché. The film is based on Traudl Junge’s recollections of the last ten days she spent in Hitler’s Bunker. It takes place entirely in the Bunker, which gives the film a very claustrophobic feel. As the outcome of the war becomes clearer, the Bunker becomes a cesspool of drunkenness, denial, and even death.
Hitler’s secretary Traudl Junge has a strange relationship with him. She stays with him out of sympathy and loyalty, but she is often horrified by his cruelty and inhumanity. This might be difficult to understand but I believe this makes the movie all the more realistic. She can recognize cruelty when she sees it but Hitler is the Fuhrer, a man who is practically worshiped. Hitler is shown to have elements of humanity. He despises smoking, loves his dog Blondi, and genuinely seems to care for his secretaries and Dr. Goebbel’s children. We can feel his sorrow as the Russians advance toward Berlin. His dream of a German Empire had been lost and it breaks his soul. One of my favorite shots in the film is that of Hitler staring silently at a picture of Frederick the Great, seemingly thinking about his failures.
This is not to say Der Untergang is pro Nazi. I believe that by portraying Hitler’s humanity the film makes his crimes all the more terrible. If he was just a one dimensional monster that would be his excuse. The inhumanity of the Third Reich does emerge throughout the film. Hitler blames the German people for the defeat of the military, calling them cowards and saying they deserve their fate. Joseph Goebbels expresses similar sentiments. Magda Goebbels says she cannot live in a world without National Socialism, and poisons her children before committing suicide with her husband.
The film perfectly captures an aura of hopelessness and denial. Eva Braun throws a party in the middle of the Russian bombing, trying to get her mind off Germany’s impending defeat. She does anything and everything to keep her mind off the war. Hitler orders his Generals to move Tank divisions that do not exist or are too crippled to be of any use. He blames his Generals for Germany’s defeat and not himself, which he usually did in real life. People around Hitler are aware that the situation is hopeless and betray him to save their own skin.
In the midst of all the madness, some people have retained their sanity. Professor Schenck, a German Doctor, tries to help the wounded soldiers and civilians when his own government abandons them. Berlin is in ruins and people are left to fend for themselves. An old man tries to convince soldiers who are no more than thirteen that there is no point in fighting, but to no avail. Eva Braun’s brother-in-law Fegelein tries to convince Braun to leave Berlin, but she cannot leave the Fuhrer. We sympathize with these people, and they only show how insane the Third Reich was. People commit suicide out of devotion to the Fuhrer.
Corinna Harfouch plays a chilling Magda Goebbels; the scene where she pleads with Hitler not to kill himself was outstanding. The star of this movie though, is Bruno Ganz. His performance as Hitler feels so authentic it is frightening. If I ever had to recommend a movie just to see one performance, this would be one of them. Hitler has been played by great actors like Anthony Hopkins and Alec Guinness, but Ganz has received the most praise. I will seek out more of Ganz’s movies based on this performance.
At the end of the film, an excerpt from an interview with the real Traudl Junge is shown. She says that at the time of the Nuremberg trials she was shocked by what had happened in the Concentration Camps but did not consider herself responsible. Now she admits that she had no excuse. I would imagine this is how many Germans from her generation feel. I highly recommend Der Untergang to anyone who is interested in The Third Reich or anyone who appreciates good film making.
Original Language de
Runtime 2 hr 36 min (156 min), 2 hr 58 min (178 min) (extended)
Genre Biography, Drama, History, War
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel
Writer Bernd Eichinger, Joachim Fest (based on the book “Der Untergang: Hitler und das Ende des Dritten Reiches” by), Traudl Junge (based on the book “Bis zur letzten Stunde” by), Melissa Müller (based on the book “Bis zur letzten Stunde” by)
Actors Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes
Country Germany, Austria, Italy
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 33 nominations.
Production Company Rai Cinema, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) [at], Constantin Film Produktion, Degeto Film, EOS Entertainment
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses, Arriflex 435, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses
Laboratory Arri Kopierwerk, Germany
Film Length 4,240 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218, Vision 250D 5246)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (spherical)