Thursday, June 08, 2006

Powerful Drama About the Humanity of Evil

by Oliver Hirschbiegel

Making a film about the last days of Adolph Hitler is a challenge as it is a sensitive subject and it is also something that has been done before. In Downfall Oliver Hirschbiegel creates a film that adds some humanity to characters who names are synonymous with evil. With a stunning performance from Bruno Ganz as Hitler the film follows his final days through the eyes of his young secretary. It also provides some context for what was happening in Berlin though those outside of the bunker as conditions deteriorated. It’s a difficult film to watch at times, but for me it somehow captured the final days of people disconnected from the world that was horribly and forever changed by them.

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