Rent Downfall (2004)

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2h 29min
Rent Downfall (aka Der Untergang) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Set in Berlin, 1945, this powerful and provocative war drama retells the final days of the Second World War as recorded in the diaries of Adolf Hitler's private secretary, Traudl Junge, while barricaded with Hitler and his closest confidants in the Fuhrer's secret bunker. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel with an astonishing performance by Bruno Ganz as history's most notorious figure, this unprecedented and controversial insider's perspective is a gripping insight into the madness and desperation of Hitler in the final hours of the war as the Russian Army closes a ring around Berlin.
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Directors:
Writers:
Bernd Eichinger, Joachim Fest
Aka:
Der Untergang
Studio:
Momentum
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Germany, Top 100 Films, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/09/2005
Run Time:
149 minutes
Languages:
German
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Making of Downfall - 1 hour feature
  • Cast and Filmmaker Interviews
  • Historical Personalities and their actors Biographies
  • The Bunker - A Virtual Tour
  • Shooting in Russia: Behind the Scenes look with Production Crew Commentary
  • About Shooting: Behind the Scenes look with Director's Commentary
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/12/2008
Run Time:
149 minutes
Languages:
German
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Making of Downfall
  • Cast and Filmmaker interviews
  • Melissa Miiller about Traudl Junge
  • Shooting in Russia: Behind the Scenes look with Production Crew Commentary
  • About Shooting: Behind the Scenes look with Director's Commentary

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Reviews (6) of Downfall

Brutally bleak and brilliantly acted. - Downfall review by JD

Spoiler Alert
14/01/2010

This account of the last days of the third Reich from the Nazi bunkers is breathtakingly acted and strangely moving.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Powerful and enjoyable - Downfall review by Pete W

Spoiler Alert
13/06/2006

Bruno Ganz's portrayal of Hitler should have won him an Oscar. A lengthy film but it doesn't drag (even though you know the ending!). The scene where Magda Goebbels slaughters her children is appalling - in the true sense of the word, as it should be. Don't be put off by the fact that the film is in German and subtitled - but it helps if you understand a bit of German. Special mention of the DTS soundtrack - the first Russian shell to fall on the bunker nearly blew my front room windows out.

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

A disturbing and gripping portrayal of the last days of WWII in Hitler's bunker - Downfall review by BW

Spoiler Alert
16/12/2017

A contentious choice of subject matter finds Downfall heading into Hitler's bunker as Berlin falls at the close of WWII. Horrific, brutal and insane as you might expect but strangely gripping. The film is based on first-hand historical accounts and this intensely claustrophobic movie has quickly become something of a classic. There might be an argument that the film falls short in condemnation of the Third Reich but the somewhat dispassionate treatment only highlights the flagrant insanity of the Nazi leaders more. Bruno Ganz's portayal of Hitler is incredibly convincing. A powerful and traumatic work carefully composed for the screen.

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