History Film / Downfall

21st Jul '17 5:14:47 PM Rmpdc
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Not to be confused with [[{{Series/Downfall}} the ABC big-money prize-smashing game show of the same title]], the Harvester story-heavy [[VideoGame/{{Downfall}} horror videogame]], or the board game that all share the same name.

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Not to be confused with [[{{Series/Downfall}} the ABC big-money prize-smashing game show of the same title]], the Harvester story-heavy [[VideoGame/{{Downfall}} horror videogame]], the final level of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar'' (whose Soviet campaign covers the Battle of Berlin) or the board game that all share the same name.
11th Jun '17 3:19:46 AM DariusAngel
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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Hitler condemns the German people to death because, apparently, ''[[YouFailLogicForever they failed him]]''. He's convinced that [[TheCavalry the day will be saved at any moment]] by what one underling refers to as "phantom divisions". He goes about appointing people to [[YouAreInCommandNow key positions]] seemingly at random. He generally [[GeneralFailure makes many errors]]; for example, he even orders one general to be executed as a traitor, only to later call him a hero and reassign him to Berlin's faltering defense -- all in a span of literally like 40 seconds. (Then again, the execution order was due to a misunderstanding.) Generally, much of Hitler's breakdown seems to revolve around the fact that he utterly fails to recognize his own flaws, and turns his loathing of his own weaknesses at other people and their perceived (whether actual or imagined) weakness.

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Hitler condemns the German people to death because, apparently, ''[[YouFailLogicForever they failed him]]''. He's convinced that [[TheCavalry the day will be saved at any moment]] by what one underling refers to as "phantom divisions". He goes about appointing people to [[YouAreInCommandNow key positions]] seemingly at random. He generally [[GeneralFailure makes many errors]]; for example, he even orders one general to be executed as a traitor, only to later call him a hero and reassign him to Berlin's faltering defense -- all in a span of literally like roughly 40 seconds. (Then again, the execution order was due to a misunderstanding.) Generally, much of Hitler's breakdown seems to revolve around the fact that he utterly fails to recognize his own flaws, and turns his loathing of his own weaknesses at other people and their perceived (whether actual or imagined) weakness.
11th Jun '17 3:13:39 AM DariusAngel
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* VigilanteExecution: Several Volkssturm members are executed for cowardice by a man wearing a Bavarian hat, who leads a goon squad>

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* VigilanteExecution: Several Volkssturm members are executed for cowardice by a man wearing a Bavarian hat, who leads a goon squad>squad.
11th Jun '17 3:12:53 AM DariusAngel
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* VigilanteExecution: Several Volkssturm members are executed for cowardice by a man wearing a bavarian hat, who leads a goon squad>
** Near the end of the film, [[spoiler: Peter sees the bavarian hat man coming out of his apartment building, and when he enters his home, his mother was shot in the head, and his father was hung from the middle of the living room.]]

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* VigilanteExecution: Several Volkssturm members are executed for cowardice by a man wearing a bavarian Bavarian hat, who leads a goon squad>
** Near the end of the film, [[spoiler: Peter sees the bavarian Bavarian hat man coming out of his apartment building, and when he enters his home, his mother was shot in the head, and his father was hung from the middle of the living room.]]
11th Jun '17 3:12:31 AM DariusAngel
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* UndyingLoyalty: Unlike many other members of Hitler's inner circle, Goebbels and his wife remain loyal to the Fuehrer to the end.

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* UndyingLoyalty: Unlike many other members of Hitler's inner circle, Goebbels and his wife remain loyal to the Fuehrer Hitler to the end.
9th May '17 4:59:57 PM Shamrock95
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* ITakeOffenseToTheLastOne: Non-comical example. During Hitler's infamous rant, his generals are too afraid to say anything contradicting Hitler's furious rebukes against everyone. The most that Burgdorf can muster up is that he cannot permit the Fuhrer to call the troops cowards.

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* ITakeOffenseToTheLastOne: ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Non-comical example. During Hitler's infamous rant, his generals are too afraid to say anything contradicting Hitler's furious rebukes against everyone. The most that Burgdorf can muster up is that he cannot permit the Fuhrer to call the troops cowards.
1st May '17 3:07:55 PM Idek618
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* GeneralFailure: Hitler attempts to micro-manage his troops to increasingly greater degrees, revoking control from his far more capable (and sane) commanders for perceived failures. In the war room scene prior to his infamous breakdown, he shows a very weak grasp of tactics by declaring that battalions and divisions on the verge of being overrun [[HonorBeforeReason will hold their ground no matter what]] and grossly overestimating the fighting capacity of groups that exist only on his map. Even the other members of his inner circle give each other nervous looks as he makes these costly decisions. After the last offensive ordered by his generals, ''Unternehmen Zitadelle''/The Battle of Kursk of July 1943, failed and lead to a spectacular reversal which cost them the Ukraine and all the (experienced) panzer forces this became TruthInTelevision for the remainder of the war.

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* GeneralFailure: Hitler attempts to micro-manage his troops to increasingly greater degrees, revoking control from his far more capable (and sane) commanders for perceived failures. In the war room scene prior to his infamous breakdown, he shows a very weak grasp of tactics by declaring that battalions and divisions on the verge of being overrun [[HonorBeforeReason will hold their ground no matter what]] and grossly overestimating the fighting capacity of groups that exist only on his map. Even the other members of his inner circle give each other nervous looks as he makes these costly decisions. After the last offensive ordered by his generals, ''Unternehmen Zitadelle''/The Battle of Kursk of July 1943, failed and lead led to a spectacular reversal which cost them the Ukraine and all the (experienced) panzer forces this became TruthInTelevision for the remainder of the war.



* HopelessWar: That is the situation with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany with its capital under direct siege with the Soviets relentlessly advancing through the city and Hitler's forces have no hope of stopping them.

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* HopelessWar: That is the situation situation, with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany with its capital under direct siege with the Soviets relentlessly advancing through the city and Hitler's forces have no hope of stopping them.
23rd Apr '17 12:37:06 AM Lanes17B
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* ApocalypseAnarchy: Numerous soldiers that are far enough from the ever closing frontline gleefully abandon their positions and get drunk and party away with [[ApatheticCitizens disconnected civilians]] while shells blast buildings into rubble and small arms fires echo through the streets.

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* ApocalypseAnarchy: Numerous soldiers that are far enough from the ever closing frontline gleefully abandon their positions and get drunk and party away with [[ApatheticCitizens disconnected civilians]] while shells blast buildings into rubble and small arms fires echo through the streets. Another scenes shows a couple slicing a piece of meat from a dead horse while the battle rages around them.



* HookersAndBlow: When Fegelein is tracked down, he's found in a room, above an abandoned building used for [[ApocalypseAnarchy a wild party by soldiers and civilians]], with a nude woman, booze bottles, and several lines of cocaine on a nearby dresser.

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* HookersAndBlow: When Fegelein is tracked down, he's found in a room, above an abandoned building used for [[ApocalypseAnarchy [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying a wild party by soldiers and civilians]], with a nude woman, booze bottles, and several lines of cocaine on a nearby dresser.
21st Apr '17 2:03:11 PM KnightMareMoon
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** Fegelein was responsible for several atrocities fighting partisans in Yugoslavia and was an unrepentant Nazi. He was also extremely corrupt, even by the standards of the SS.

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** Fegelein was responsible for several atrocities fighting partisans in Yugoslavia and was an unrepentant Nazi. He was also extremely corrupt, even by the standards of the SS. Here he is still not a nice man, but portrayed slightly sympathetically.



* ITakeOffenseToTheLastOne: Non-comical example. During Hitler's infamous rant, his generals are too afraid to say anything contradicting Hitler's furious rebukes against everyone. The most that Burgdorf can muster up is that he cannot permit the Fuhrer to call the troops cowards.



* ThisIsGonnaSuck: The look on Heinz Linge's (Hitler's valet) face when he approaches with a report indicating that Himmler has attempted to surrender. It's clear he's read the report and knows it will send Hitler into another rage.

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: ThisIsGonnaSuck:
** Hitler's inner staff share looks of concern and dread right before they're forced to tell him about Steiner's inability to counterattack. This sets off his biggest tirade.
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The look on Heinz Linge's (Hitler's valet) face when he approaches with a report indicating that Himmler has attempted to surrender. It's clear he's read the report and knows it will send Hitler into another rage.


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* {{Understatement}}: When Hitler promises Ritter von Greim a thousand jet aircraft for a new Air Force on short notice, Greim can only diplomatically state that he wasn't aware Germany had such reserves left.
20th Apr '17 7:50:26 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Dr. Ernst-Günther Schenck was involved in human experimentation upon concentration camp victims and was barred from practicing medicine in postwar West Germany. (Although in fairness his experiments were on vitamins and nutrition, and were relatively cruel in comparison.

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** Dr. Ernst-Günther Schenck was involved in human experimentation upon concentration camp victims and was barred from practicing medicine in postwar West Germany. (Although in fairness his experiments were on vitamins and nutrition, and were relatively cruel in comparison.comparison).



* SimpleScoreOfSadness: And how!.
* SoundOnlyDeath: The suicides of Hitler and Eva Braun, the Goebbels couple and some other Nazi bigwigs.



* SimpleScoreOfSadness: And how!.
* SoundOnlyDeath: The suicides of Hitler and Eva Braun, the Goebbels couple and some other Nazi bigwigs.
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