The Downfall of Berlin: Anonyma (2008)
"Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin" (original title)

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A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rüdiger Vogler ...
Ulrike Krumbiegel ...
Jördis Triebel ...
Roman Gribkov ...
Samvel Muzhikyan ...
Aleksandra Kulikova ...
Viktor Zhalsanov ...
asiatischer Rotarmist
Oleg Chernov ...
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Frau Wendt
Anne Kanis ...


A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian and, for a day or two after the invasion, keeps herself safe, but then the rapes begin. She resolves to control her fate and invites the attentions of a Russian major, Andreij Rybkin. He becomes her protector of sorts subject to pressures from his own fellow soldiers and officers. Dramas play out in the block of flats where she lives. Is she an amoral traitor? She asks, "How do we go on living?" And what of Gerd and her diary? Written by <>

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World War II ends and her story begins...


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A Woman in Berlin  »

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$12,439 (USA) (17 July 2009)


$291,812 (USA) (20 November 2009)

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As a protective measure the author requested her anonymity as author of her book: Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman In Berlin). See more »


In the film it was announced that Germany had surrendered and the Russians broke into singing the anthem version that had been adopted somewhat in 1944 and known as the "Alexandrov version." However it had no lyrics until Stalin intervened. It is doubtful that war events would have permitted all soldiers to learn it because of the fierceness of the war. Most likely they would have broke into the chorus of the better known anthem which was known as "The Internationale." See more »


Anonyma: [in German] Soldier! Why are you taking a woman against her will?
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Correcting tendentiousness
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Max Färberböck, known to the world-wide audience since his "Aimee and Jaguar", shows in this newer film for once not the standard story of the bad Germans, who, deserving after what they have done, being Nazis, are liberated by the good Russians, the good Americans and the good Allies. It shows exactly the same experience that we all, who grew up in the East Block, had about our Russiand "friends". They came to rape, to destroy, to violate, to erase. It is a very interesting fact concerning mass psychology or perhaps better mass-psychosis that nobody normally speaks about the enormous amount of destruction done or caused by the liberators of end-World War II Europe. And nobody even mentions the Stalinist concentration camps. This is why we need films like "Eine Frau In Berlin".

However, in Färberböcks film, we see the Russians, "like animals, like pigs, an-alphabets, without culture" - as the Russian Major says it in his own words, he, who speaks, according to the main female character "a seldomly high-style Russian". Well, a little bit of "justness" had to be - not ALL Russians are like the "scum" (quotation from the movie) that we see. Interestingly, my Hungarian home-town had been bombed by Americans, but afterward the Russians came like vultures and pitched themselves into the ruins, what was female, was raped, what had been church or synagogue - was emptied and the treasures stolen, a subculture sneaking from the sou-terrain up to the ruins and even profiting from corpses and debris.

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