History Film / Downfall

16th May '18 11:45:56 AM darkpast
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** At one point, General Burgdorf, alone among all the "yes men" generals, shows he actually cares about his men when stands up to Hitler after the latter undeservedly calls the German soldiers cowards.
23rd Feb '18 12:42:51 PM TheMountainKing
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** TruthInTelevision, as many hardcore Nazis killed themselves rather than face justice or revenge, or a world without National Socialism, or even a world where Jews, Gypsies and other minorities are considered anything but subhuman.

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** TruthInTelevision, as many hardcore Nazis killed themselves rather than face justice or revenge, or a world without National Socialism, or even a world where Jews, Gypsies Roma and other minorities are considered anything but subhuman.
11th Feb '18 4:09:10 PM LtFedora
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* DestroyTheEvidence: Schenck is introduced as SS personnel are throwing out and destroying all documents. During Eva and Frau Goebbels’ letter montage, Hitler makes his last trip to the surface to watch Linge and Günsche burning documents by the folder.

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* DestroyTheEvidence: Schenck is introduced as SS personnel are throwing out and destroying all documents. During Eva and Frau Goebbels’ letter montage, Hitler makes his last trip to the surface to watch Linge and Günsche [[FieryCoverup burning documents by the folder.folder]].
4th Feb '18 2:28:47 AM ImperiumAstarte
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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.

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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 [[Recap/RWBYV5E13Downfall penultimate episode]] of [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} RWBY]] Volume 5, the final level of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar'' (whose Soviet campaign covers the Battle of Berlin) or the board game that all share the same name.
13th Jan '18 7:16:30 PM Tuckerscreator
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[[caption-width-right:300:A madman's final days.]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:A madman's murderer's final days.]]
12th Jan '18 5:40:09 AM Saveelich
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You most likely know it as the source of all those WebVideo/HitlerRants videos where the [[GagSub subtitles are edited]] to satirize some usually trivial topics. The scene that is used for the Hitler Rants is actually a Hitler freakout that occurs after he learns that neither Wenck's 12th Army nor Army Group Steiner would be coming to the defense of Berlin (in RealLife, both forces were trying only to get West so they could surrender to the Western Allies, with Wenck's force in particular trying to evacuate as many civilians as they could from the vengeful Red Army).

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You most likely know it as the source of all those WebVideo/HitlerRants videos where the [[GagSub subtitles are edited]] to satirize some usually trivial topics. The scene that is used for the Hitler Rants is actually a Hitler freakout that occurs after he learns that neither Wenck's 12th Army nor Army Group Steiner would be coming to the defense of Berlin (in Berlin. In RealLife, both forces were trying only to get West so they could surrender to the Western Allies, with Wenck's force forces in particular trying to evacuate as many civilians as they could from the vengeful Red Army).
Army while slowing down the latter as much as they could.
10th Dec '17 2:35:06 AM LtFedora
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* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Anyone who isn’t drinking is actually smoking. Once Hitler's suicide is announced, every soldier in the bunker immediately lights up a cigarette. TruthInTelevision, as Hitler ran very aggressive anti-smoking campaigns in Germany (German doctors were among the first to find a link between smoking and lung cancer), and after he killed himself, everyone in the bunker felt it was safe enough to finally smoke.

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* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Anyone who isn’t drinking is actually smoking.smoking (sometimes both). Once Hitler's suicide is announced, every soldier in the bunker immediately lights up a cigarette. TruthInTelevision, as Hitler ran very aggressive anti-smoking campaigns in Germany (German doctors were among the first to find a link between smoking and lung cancer), and after he killed himself, everyone in the bunker felt it was safe enough to finally smoke.
3rd Dec '17 5:48:46 PM FordPrefect
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* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: At the end, ''Hitler'' believes this, explaining in his Last Testament that a Soviet victory means that they are a more deserving race than [[YouHaveFailedMe German one]] and their [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin strong leader]] will complete world conquest after destroying the "decadent democracies of the west." It's somewhat at odds with the accepted wisdom of the time that one of the USSR's greatest threats was its status as a highly mixed "mongrel race", and the common sense that there wasn't actually a ''Soviet'' race in the first place (presumably he meant the Slavs?).

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* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: At the end, ''Hitler'' believes this, explaining in his Last Testament that a Soviet victory means that they are a more deserving race than [[YouHaveFailedMe the German one]] and their [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin strong leader]] will complete world conquest after destroying the "decadent democracies of the west." It's somewhat at odds with the accepted wisdom of the time that one of the USSR's greatest threats was its status as a highly mixed "mongrel race", and the common sense that there wasn't actually a ''Soviet'' race in the first place (presumably he meant the Slavs?).
3rd Dec '17 5:46:21 PM FordPrefect
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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 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.

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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 led to a spectacular reversal which cost them the Ukraine and all the (experienced) panzer forces forces, this became TruthInTelevision for the remainder of the war.
3rd Dec '17 5:43:03 PM FordPrefect
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* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with excerpts from a video interview with the real-life Traudl Junge, taken a matter of months before she died in 2002 (two years before ''Der Untegang'' was released).

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* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with excerpts from a video interview with the real-life Traudl Junge, taken a matter of months before she died in 2002 (two years before ''Der Untegang'' Untergang'' was released).
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