Original German Der Untergang.
No idea how this movie slipped through the crack for most of us when it came out. It is wonderful, terrible, everything a movie should be.
Think of it as Steven Spielberg but with a soul.
It is about the last days of the siege of Berlin in WW2. It is based on the memoirs of Traudl Junge, one of Hitler’s secretaries. At the time of the movie, she was still alive and they open the movie with an interview. She makes all the usual apologies and genuflections, so they considered her story safe. Pretty Alexandra Maria Lara plays Junge in the story.
The Germans have a knack for making great war movies that subjectivize the angst. The scene when the girls emerge into daylight for a smoke, opening up the light and space, only to have even that quickly turn back into darkness and claustrophobia, is emblematic. There are bombs, attempts to dance, and street fighting scenes. Children singing in the bunkers. Young boys bravely facing the Soviet invaders.
They actually show a Hitler (Bruno Ganz) that is other than a cartoon character: like the real Hitler, he is not always screaming, walking with stiff knees, and talking about Jews.
Much of the dialogue is supposed to be based on actual historical transcripts.
There is a lot of disturbing killing shown so fair warning. Most of it is justified I think to tell the story. Definitely not for children.
This movie is Butler-index quality: I give it a finite number of viewings only because it is so painful.