Downfall (2004)
IMDb Rating 8.5
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Bruno Ganz Adolf Hitler
Alexandra Maria Lara Traudl Junge
Corinna Harfouch Magda Goebbels
Ulrich Matthes Joseph Goebbels
Juliane Köhler Eva Braun
Heino Ferch Albert Speer
Christian Berkel Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck
Matthias Habich Prof. Dr. Werner Haase
Thomas Kretschmann SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein
Michael Mendl General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling
Juliane Kohler
Corinna Harfouchulrich Matthies
The riveting subject of Downfall is nothing less than the disintegration of Adolf Hitler in mind, body, and soul. A 2005 Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film, this German historical drama stars Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire) as Hitler, whose psychic meltdown is depicted in sobering detail, suggesting a fallen, pathetic dictator on the verge on insanity, resorting to suicide (along with Eva Braun and Joseph and Magda Goebbels) as his Nazi empire burns amidst chaos in mid-1945. While staging most of the film in the claustrophobic bunker where Hitler spent his final days, director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Das Experiment) dares to show the gentler human side of der Fuehrer, as opposed to the pure embodiment of evil so familiar from many other Nazi-era dramas. This balanced portrayal does not inspire sympathy, however: We simply see the complexity of Hitler's character in the greater context of his inevitable downfall, and a more realistic (and therefore more horrifying) biographical portrait of madness on both epic and intimate scales. By ending with a chilling clip from the 2002 documentary Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary, this unforgettable film gains another dimension of sobering authenticity. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Foreign; History; War
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel
Producer Wolf-Dietrich Brücker; Bernd Eichinger
Writer Joachim Fest; Traudl Junge; Bernd Eichinger
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Country Germany
Language German
Audience Rating R
Running Time 155 mins
Movie Release Date 9/8/2004
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 819
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 10/31/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.78:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396115453
Release Date 8/2/2005
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks GERMAN: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Director Commentary
The Making Of Downfall
Cast & Crew Interviews
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