Trivia / Downfall

Trivia for the Downfall film

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Approval of God: The director of the film admits that he finds the 'Hitler Rant' meme amusing.
    • Subverted with Bruno Ganz. He definitely found the Rants funny, but felt they belittled the hard work he put into his performance.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Fans of the film and people who make 'Hitler Rant' parodies sometimes refer to themselves as "Untergangers."
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Wilhelm Mohnke: "Bonkers" - Due to the difficulty English-speaking viewers sometimes have in pronouncing his name, many fansubs have taken to calling him "General Bonkers", because "Mohnke" sounds somewhat close to this. The in-universe fan-joke in Hitler Rants is that Hitler is the kind of annoying boss who invents demeaning pet names for his subordinates, but Mohnke is too afraid of Hitler to correct him. Other joke fansubs straight-up say that "Bonkers" is his actual name.
    • Hans Krebs is known as "The Map Pointer" due to the iconic Hitler ranting scene.
    • Wilhelm Burgdorf is "Boozing Burgdorf", and less commonly "Fast-Talkin' Boozin' Burgdorf"
    • Goebbels is known as Skeletor to most on the intenet. Its the Cheeks.
  • Fake Nationality: Swiss actor Bruno Ganz plays Austrian-born Adolf Hitler. Romanian-born actress Alexandra Maria Lara plays German-born Traudl Junge
  • Gag Sub: The Hitler Rants all over YouTube were quite an internet meme around 2011. They continue to be made.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Bruno Ganz (Adolf Hitler) was offered the role of Oskar Schindler. He refused and the role went to Liam Neeson.
    • Even more hilarious is that both Bruno Ganz and Alexandra Maria Lara would later play Holocaust survivors in The Reader.
  • What Could Have Been: Oliver Hirschbeigel almost didn't direct the film, trying to leave the project to jump to another project that had just lost its original director. However, his contract stated that he couldn't leave the project and had to direct the film. The film that he tried to jump to? Blade: Trinity.