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Downfall (Untergang, Der)

[cert 15, 150 mins]

At the age of twenty-two, Traudl Junge became
Hitler's personal Secretary in 1942 staying with him
throughout the war until the last days including the
fall of Berlin and subsequent suicide of the Führer.
The film, based on Junge's own personal diaries,
details these last desperate days in the bunker, as
Russia's Red Army closes in, with only a handful of
Hitler's close commanders, fanatical officers and
staff remaining faithful. A deluded Hitler plans the
final steps of the downfall by dictating his last will
and testament and finally marrying Eva Braun prior
to taking their own lives.

Still of two men in uniform standing in the snow

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes

Level: AS, A2, GCSE

Subjects: Film Studies, German, History

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