The last hour in the Führerbunker shows the key figures of the Nazi regime on the brink of its downfall fighting a private war of their own. Gorging, screwing, and machinating: the dark hallways of the Führerbunker are the location for all kinds of excesses. Shot in complete darkness in an original World War II bunker during a 16-hour period, the only light source is Schlingensief’s flashlight guiding the camera through the controlled chaos; his cast acting to the point of exhaustion, the banality of evil is exposed in its integral obscenity. —Australian Cinémathèque
Christoph Maria Schlingensief (born October 24, 1960 in Oberhausen) is a German film and theatre director, actor and author. Because of his often controversial work he has often been called a “scandal-maker”.
As a young man he organized art “events” in the cellar of his parents house and artists such as Helge Schneider or Theo Jörgensmann performed in his early films.
Schlingensief considers himself a “provocatively thoughtful” artist. He has created numerous controversial and provocative theatre pieces as well as films, his former mentor being filmmaker and media artist Werner Nekes. One of his main works, the so-called Germany-Trilogy, which deals with three turning points in 20th century German history: the first movie Hundert Jahre Adolf Hitler (Adolf Hitler – A Hundred Years) covers the last hours of Adolf Hitler, the second Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker (The German Chainsaw-Massacre), depicts the German reunification of 1989… read more
Amateurish and unpleasant dramatization of the final hours in Hitler's bunker unsensibly bookended by Wim Wenders winning a prize at Cannes for 'Wings of Desire'. Debauchery, bestiality, incest, drug use and madness just some of the menu items on display. Feels like improvisation without direction. Miss.
Though he spent the last few years of his life openly battling the lung cancer he knew would kill him, the loss of Christoph Schlingensief