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5 out of 10 How come the Germans make the best war films?
Brock from Limerick, 14 Feb 2011
Brilliant BRILLIANT film! This actually transcends the medium, in that I don't feel I watched a film, rather that I was a fly on the wall in an epoch making of human history. There is no cloying sympathy, and no judgement passed which must have been staggeringly difficult to do given the subject matter. Brilliantly acted, we are given a real insight in the maddening affair, this becomes my first 10 star! The final line of the film is stock docc footage whereby we are told that "to be young is no
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5 out of 10 Magnificent
Dave from Galway, 12 Sep 2009
You know the story. But it's still a bracing, surreal experience to see it depicted with such harrowing conviction. Watching this, it's still hard to believe that the Third Reich really happened, that people were so gullible/complicit/both, and that it all finished in such brutal squalor. See it for yourself. A masterpiece.
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4.5 out of 10 Definitive
Ciaran from Dublin, 04 Jul 2007
What can best be described as the definitive report of what went on in Hitler's bunker in the days leading up to the arrival of the Reds. Brilliantly acted and presented, the fear, paranoia and claustrophobia are all represented and this is compelling viewing from start to finish. WWII history fans will love it.
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4 out of 10 Gripping
Cathy from Kildare, 20 Jan 2009
Well acted (in Bruno Ganz's case, extremely well acted) and interesting depiction of the last days in Hitler's bunker. The claustrophobia is perfectly captured, and pace is good. Only complaint is that the last half hour feels a bit flabby compared to the raw tension of what before...highly recommended
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5 out of 10 Excellent
Mark from Dublin, 27 Sep 2007
A really gripping and well acted film a must see for anyone who has an interest in history specifically the second world war just try and avoid the you tube sheffield united hitler until after you have watched this, Highly recommended
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What's it about....
Not since G.W. Pabst's 1956 effort, 'Letste Akt' (The Last Act) has a German film attempted to tackle the subject of their most famous leader, Adolf Hitler. Breaking a long-standing taboo, the director, Oliver Hirschbiegel, has made a film that has sparked much debate in Germany and the rest of the world. Downfall features an astonishing performance by Bruno Ganz as history's most notorious figure. Providing an unprecedented and controversial insider's perspective,...

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