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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Bruno Ganz
Alexandra Maria Lara
Juliane Kohler
Ulrich Matthes
Directors
Oliver Hirschbiegel
Screenwriters
Bernd Eichinger
Running Time
155 minutes

Downfall
The story of Hitler's last days in the bunker


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Plot
In 1945, as Berlin falls to the Russians, Adolf Hitler (Ganz) and his inner circle retreat to a bunker for a futile last stand. Hitler's secretary Traudl (Lara) looks on as the Fuhrer veers between depression and delusion and finally marries his long-term girlfriend, Eva Braun (Köhler), before putting a bullet in his brain...


Verdict
Solid history, fine cinema. Downfall is gripping, moving, and, in the end, profoundly horrifying.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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