In 1942, young Traudl Junge lands her dream job, secretary to Adolf Hitler at the peak of his power. The movie is the story Traudl tells us about the Nazi dictator's final 10 days in his Berlin bunker from his 56th birthday on April 20th, 1945 to his suicide on April 30th.
As the first German-made film about Hitler's ruination since G.W. Pabst's "Der Letzte Akt" ("The Last Act" - 1956) "Downfall" is a stunning cinematic achievement that illuminates minutiae about the last 10 days of the nefarious German leader who won the h
In a remarkable performance, perhaps the most impressive portrait of Hitler ever captured on film, Bruno Ganz plays Hitler as delusional, hateful and cruel man -- but also human.
March 14, 2005
"Downfall" isn't about commuting history's sentence for the Nazis, but heeding its warning - a gruesome, sustained-tension lesson about informed politics and whether those who left evil to its own devices could arrive at a place of complicit guilt.