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.
A brutally real look at Hitler's final days. Downfall paints a vivid and compelling picture of the fall of the Third Reich. The film makes viewer's ponder questions that may not even have answers. Downfall makes the viewer come to the harsh realisation that those viewed the most evil in history are also human beings, which is a harrowing concept to realise in just over 2 hours.
A strong document over the last days of WW2 that show that not all people that lived in the Reich was blonde, stupid, trigger-happy and brainwashed sentries of Hitler. The movie is full of captivating performances and great dialogue and convinces with it's attempt at a historic authentic portrait of the final hours of Hitler.
This rare internal glimpse at the last mad days of Hitler and Nazi rule are fascinating, riveting stuff. The fanaticism, the desperation, the absurdity of it all. But various subplots of everyday Germans and soldiers feels very undeveloped. The movie oddly feels like it should be much longer - to flesh out the subplots - or much shorter by cutting them out altogether. Gripping but messy, it gets a B.
The viewer goes through the steps and attitudes of Hitler in his last days, before his suicide and most of his closest allies. It tries to show a little bit the human side of him. Fantastic act from Bruno Ganz and Corinna Harfouch. Overall, it's an important film to watch. At least now more than ever.
Bruno Ganz = Adolf Hitler. He is acting in a way that you think, he is really the real one. Also the other casts are doing extremely fine. This is an oppressive portrait of a dictator & "his inner circle" during their last days. And, what is shocking most is the banality of the evil(s). Again & again worthwile to watch, interesting chamber play transformed into a movie.
Une vaine et stupide polémique s'est dessinée quant à une présentation trop "humaniste" du Führer. Comme si cela pouvait atténuer l'horreur de son crime et l'atrocité de ses directives. Saluons plutôt l'excellente composition de Bruno Ganz, véritablement habité par son funeste personnage, dans une oeuvre somme toute cinématographiquement parlant, des plus moyennes... www.cinefiches.com
Humanizes one of history's greatest monsters without sugar-coating the evil of them or their regime. I lack the words to describe this, honestly. Personal note: years ago. I saw this one school day after pestering my high school history teacher to show us the movie (it was advertised a lot in the LA Times during release). Certainly affected my entire class and I for the rest of that day.
This film is about giving a human face to Nazis, and showing that Hitler was a human like all of us, the director tries to destroy the Hitler's myth, in my opinion, the main goal of the film is to show to us the real human history. Great performances, well-written, well directed, great film.
Particularmente es muy criticada por darle un rostro humano a los nazis, pero incluso los monstruos y asesinos sienten a su manera el peso del mundo sobre sus hombros. No es un defensa a ellos, es una defensa a una película que cuida cada detalle sobre esos últimos días de un hombre y su legado de odio. Esta película debe ser estudiada como un logro cinematográfico, así su tema sea incomodo, esto es historia.