In 1942, Traudl Junge lands her dream job as secretary to Adolf Hitler at the peak of his power. Three years later, Hitler’s empire is now his underground bunker. Traudl narrates his final days as he rages against imagined betrayers while other infamous Nazis prepare for the end.
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The disgrace of Nazism has never been as profoundly realised as Hirschbiegel's uncanny biopic. The dangers of autocracy include but are not exclusive to Fascism. Totalitarian and authoritarian forms of Communism deserve rebuke as well. The fact that debates are still required to distance ideological movements from mass genocide is harrowing. However, the counter to bad speech needs to be more speech not censorship.
Well, dears, Edna was a bit disappointed by this film, in all truth. She found it to be a watchable, faithful but overly worthy and flat BBC-style adaptation of parts of Traudl Junge's autobio. Some of Bruno Ganz's overacting is a bit unrealistic too...
This movie allows us to watch the decomposition of the downfall of Hitler's era from the inside out with almost a clear impression of the insight of some of the things that were taken place during those final days of the war. It also attempts to show Hitler's compassionate side beneath the genocidal Hitler, but Hitler's dark side was also shown, his hate and antipathy for the Jews.