Downfall

Rated R 2005

The first mainstream German film to grapple with Adolf Hitler is set, for the most part, in the Berlin bunker where the Nazi dictator spent his last days -- indulging in hysterical rants and depressive sulks. As portrayed by the surpassing German actor Bruno Ganz, this Hitler is, at 56, terminally decrepit and ferociously nuts, but he's also a stooped geezer who compliments the chef on the nice plate of spinach she's just brought him. Does an unspeakable brute like Hitler deserve human shading? That's one moral question. Was the war, as director Oliver Hirschbiegel and screenwriter Bernd Eichinger seem to imply, essentially a tragedy of German suffering? That's another. Despite some oddly sympathetic stances, this is a valuable historical document. With Alexandra Maria Lara as Adolf's faithful secretary, Ulrich Matthes as the odious Joseph Goebbels, and Juliane Köhler as girlfriend Eva Braun, who tells us that she used to kick Hitler's dog, Blondi, under the dinner table.

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