Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
So I’m only a decade or so late to this particular party, but bloody hell this is good. I’ve had years of this Downfall meme, and found them all to be pretty amusing to one degree or another, but seeing the whole movie on SBS at last was a complete blast. I haven’t felt that claustrophobic and tense in yonks. Jeez it’s long though. It was amazing that they managed to make so much happen in what (in hindsight) must have been a very limited set of locations. Just adding to sense of claustrophobia and encroaching forces.
Bruno Ganz is terrifically unhinged, everyone else is a wildly varying shade of mental, and Alexandra Maria Lara is fabulous. Doing very little but expressing heaps as the witness to the chaos.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Buggered if I know. Can’t think of anything even remotely close. Battleship Potemkin perhaps ?