Downfall

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Downfall
SBS2  |  November 1, 2011

Downfall starts and closes with the reflections of Hitler's secretary, Traudl Junge, who was in the bunker during the last days of Hitler's life. The film charts the events of these last ten days from 20 April, "Fuehrer's birthday", to 30 April when he committed suicide. Bruno Ganz portrays Hitler as a half-crazed man who keeps trying to delude himself that the final victory is nigh until a series of defeats breaks his spirit and he resigns himself to his end. But it is not only Hitler's downfall that is portrayed. The film tells the tale of Goering's and Himmler's desertion, and of the Goebbels' murder of their children and suicide.

Downfall starts and closes with the reflections of Hitler's secretary, Traudl Junge, who was in the bunker during the last days of Hitler's life. The film charts the events of these last ten days from 20 April, "Fuehrer's birthday", to 30 April when he committed suicide. Bruno Ganz portrays Hitler as a half-crazed man who keeps trying to delude himself that the final victory is nigh until a series of defeats breaks his spirit and he resigns himself to his end. But it is not only Hitler's downfall that is portrayed. The film tells the tale of Goering's and Himmler's desertion, and of the Goebbels' murder of their children and suicide.

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