In 1945, The Third Reich is in its death throes with the Allies relentlessly attacking the capital city of Berlin. Its Führer, Adolf Hitler (Sir Anthony Hopkins), retreats into his fortified bunker in Berlin with his senior staff. There, gripped with delusions of grandeur and despair, Hitler commands a hopeless last stand with resources existing largely in his own mind. While resisting the pleas of rational minions like Albert Speer (Richard Jordan), basic reality finally comes unavoidable. With that, Hitler and his fanatical fellows prepare for their own end even as their grandiose dreams are becoming a smoking ruin above.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
At that point in his career, composer Brad Fiedel started to add more experimental sounds and techniques in his work. This movie was largely as an extended improvisation using sounds he created on the then-new Prophet-10 synthesizer. See more »
In the film, the stairway between the upper bunker (vorbunker) and the lower bunker (fuhrerbunker) is shown as spiral. All witnesses to the final days in the bunkers say that it was a normal staircase with right angles. See more »
A tour de force performance by Hopkins manages to propel this sometimes slow-moving docudrama. The supporting performances, especially by Piper Laurie and Richard Jordan, also drive this intensely psychological take on the last days of the Third Reich. One criticism though: is a German accent really that difficult for professional actors to mimic?
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