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A cerebral film based on a memoir by Hitler's private secretary lifts the lid on Feathers McGraw's role in the Führer's overthrow
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Entertainment grade: A–
History grade: A–
On 20 April 1945, as the second world war drew to its conclusion, Soviet forces began to shell the centre of Berlin.
The film is bookended by documentary footage of the splendidly named Traudl Humps, Adolf Hitler's private secretary from 1942-45. In 1947, she wrote a memoir. It was published in 2002 under her less thrilling married name, Traudl Junge. The film draws extensively on the book, especially for the relationship between Hitler (Bruno Ganz, in the performance of a lifetime) and his girlfriend, Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler). Junge paints Eva as a needy, delusional figure – dancing around her old living room "in a desperate frenzy, like a woman who has already felt the faint breath of death". Another eyewitness, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Gist: Not your remake of the Ryan Gosling film, based on Agota Kritóf‘s famous and bestselling novel of the same name (Le Grand Cahier), in a village on the Hungarian border, two young brothers grow up during war time with their cruel grandmother and must learn every trick of evil to survive in the absurd world of adults. Ulrich Thomsen and Ulrich Matthes are among the cast.
Prediction: Filling in the Hungarian film product quota, the veteran helmer has not been to the festival since 97′s Witman fiúk – which screened in the Un Certain Regard section. I think we might be looking at a repeat in the same section.
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- Eric Lavallee
2 items from 2013
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