UK release details for Downfall
By M&C News Sep 16, 2005, 15:05 GMT
Presenting the main protagonists as human beings rather than caricatures provides the film with its unique power as it concentrates on the mechanics and mental processes behind the acts of evil perpetuated during WWII. The basis for the screenplay by writer-producer Bernd Eichinger came from two key sources: Joachim Fest’s book “Inside Hitler’s Bunker: The Last Day’s of the Third Reich”, and the recognition that the horrifying epic of Hitler and his people during his twelve years in power was reflected in those last twelve days in the bunker; and the memoirs of Hitler’s private secretary, Traudl Junge, in Melissa Mueller’s book, “Until the Final Hour: Hitler’s Last Secretary”, which provided an invaluable insight into the character of the man, and those final, fatal few days of the war.
Sixty years after his death, DOWNFALL brings back to life those final few days of the most malevolent and destructive man of the 20th Century. Unlike other directors, Hirshbiegel tells the story with such forcefulness, you cannot fail but be moved by arguably the most powerful film about the dictator, his confidants and confederates.
Running Time: 156 mins
The Making of Downfall (58 mins)
Cast and filmmaker interviews (55 mins)
The Historical Personalities and their actors
The Bunker – A Virtual Tour (13 mins)
Shooting in Russia – Behind the Scenes look with
Production crew commentary (18 mins)
About Shooting – Behind the Scenes look with Director’s Commentary (30 mins)
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