• Der Untergang (2004)

Der Untergang

Release Date: 2004

R |2 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

In 1942, young Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara) lands her dream job -- secretary to Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz) at the peak of his power. Three years later, Hitler's empire is now his underground bunker. The real-life Traudl narrates Hitler's final days as he rages against imagined betrayers and barks orders to phantom armies, while his mistress, Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler), clucks over his emotional distance, and other infamous Nazis prepare for the end.

Cast: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler, Heino Ferch, Christian Berkel, Matthias Habich

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Constantin Film Produktion, Degeto Film, Rai Cinema, EOS Entertainment, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) [at]

Keywords: Escape, Office, Fall, Transformation, Revenge, Wife, 1940s, Fascinating

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Downfall, whatever its shortcomings, bears strong witness to great evil. That is its triumph as a film. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    One of the best war movies ever made, Downfall is a powerful and artistically masterful re-creation of the last days of the Third Reich. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Against the overarching facts of his personal magnetism and the blind loyalty of his lieutenants, the movie observes the workings of the world within the bunker. All power flowed from Hitler. He was evil, mad, ill, but long after Hitler's war was lost he continued to wage it in fantasy. show more

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