5 Simply outstanding.....a superb film.Vitalintellignce | 05/12/2008 | See all Vitalintellignce's reviews (5)This film is remarkable. Not only does it deal with a frequently historically and poltically deconstructed sequence of events factually, with honesty and remarkably disspasionately, it cross-indexes reams of facts and presents probably the closest reconstrucion of the last days in the Bunker that will ever materialise. It showed in its making that time and forgivness are something that has also come to pass, as remarkably much of it was made in St Petersburg and many of the cast are Russian. It was the only city that looked anything like Berlin, many of the buildings sharing the same original achitect.Peformance wise, the film is a masterpiece, of historical and character accuracy. Hitler is played with all the contradictory traits, temprament and even accent that for any student or survivor of the times is simply spine-tinggling. The terrible lost cause, the knowledge that everything is failing, the murder by their mother of the Goebells children, all of it is played with ruthless historical accuracy and while Magda Goebells is played a little harshly one aquires the perverse understanding that for her and many like her their was no thought or desire to live once Hitler was gone.If the film does anything really well, it shows pinfully in microcosm the nationally (but not universally) widespread link that so many Germans in every walk of life had to Hitler, all the time he was alive no matter how pointless the cause, they would go on. Once he was dead, it was like a huge cloud and weight was lifted from them - you either joined him or you faced the future.This film is deeply emotional, if you are not aware of the facts or the real history it may not affect you, but I saw this at the cinema and I assure you, the many people there, mostly couples, many of them old enough to have lived through it and many German students, were, as I was, sobbing at the end. When the end comes and ther is a short interview with Traudl Junge (whose memoirs the original idea for the book was based on and forms the pivotal character), as she explains how (now and old lady who sadly died 2 years before the film was finished), she feels, you simply understand. She looks back on that period of her life and its almost like another world, almost like it wasn't her. She was a secretary, aged 22 and did a job for her countries leader in war time. She knew no more until the facts came to light of what had gone on and the ghastly realisation she may have unwitingly played a small part, was one she could barely live with.5 star totally recommended.