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Downfall (Der Untergang)

Rating:R (for strong violence, disturbing images and some nudity)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:February 18, 2005
Running time:154 minutes
Cast:Bruno Ganz, Juliane Koehler, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Noethen, Alexandra Maria Lara
Director:Oliver Hirschbiegel
Producer:Bernd Eichinger
Writer:Bernd Eichinger, Joachim C Fest, Traudl Junge, Melissa Muller
Distributor:Newmarket Films

Description: In the dead of a November night in 1942, SS officers through the woods escort a group of young women to Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in Eastern Prussia. They are candidates for the post of personal secretary to the Fuehrer. Among them is 22-year-old Traudl Junge, a fresh-faced girl from Munich. Traudl is chosen for the job and she is overcome with joy at the thought of serving beside her Fuehrer. BERLIN, APRIL 20, 1945: Hitler has retreated to a bunker system under the German Chancellery. Traudl Junge is asleep in her room, deep beneath the ground. She is awakened by tremors from artillery fire. The enemy is getting closer. Charting the last 10 days of Hitler's life, from his 56th birthday on April 20th, 1945 to his suicide on April 30th, the film uses multiple characters to show the chaos of a country coming apart at the seams, from Hitler's henchman under the streets of Berlin, to the soldiers and civilians fighting and dying as the Soviet Army ravaged the city above.

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