Downfall

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Released 2005

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Director:
Oliver Hirschbiegel
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
The final ten days of Adolf Hitler's life, as seen through the eyes of his young secretary, are depicted in this stunning docudrama based on her real-life account. Bruno Ganz and Alexandra Maria Lara star in this acclaimed film-festival favorite from director Olivier Hirschbiegel.

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  • 90

    Variety Derek Elley

    Not so much a Hitler movie as a portrait of a totalitarian machine's spiritual and emotional collapse, Downfall is a cumulatively powerful Goetterdammerung centered on the last 10 ...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The reality it confronts is so gripping, we cannot turn away. This may not be the most sophisticated retelling of what happened while Berlin burned, but what a story it is.

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    It is fascinating without being especially illuminating, and it holds your attention for its very long running time without delivering much dramatic or emotional satisfaction in th...

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