Movie Previews: Der Untergang
Despite three other releases on 2nd June, which includes The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Unleashed starring Jet Li, I'm sooooooo gonna catch Der Untergang (Downfall) instead.
Germany's submission for the last Oscar's, it lost out to The Sea Inside.
Nonetheless, Der Untergang has gained critical acclaim for the brilliant depiction of Hitler and World War II.
An NC-16 rating and will only be shown at Cathay Orchard.
Berlin, April 1945. A nation awaits its downfall. House-to-house fighting rages in the streets of the capital. Hitler, along with several of his generals and closest confidants, has barricaded himself in the Fuehrer’s Bunker under the Reichskanzlei. Among them is Traudl Junge, Hitler’s private secretary, who doesn’t want to abandon him. While the situation outside escalates – the Red Army is advancing, and in the city’s bomb-scarred districts desperate scenes are unfolding – Hitler experiences the downfall of the Third Reich behind thick bunker walls. Although Berlin can no longer be held, the Fuehrer refuses to leave the city. He wants, as the architect Speer puts it, "to be on stage when the last curtain falls." But Hitler is not on stage. While the full force of the hopelessly lost war crashes down over his people, the Fuehrer stages his final departure. Only hours before their joint suicide, he marries Eva Braun. Instead of the final victory comes the final defeat, but that has also been planned down to the last detail. After Hitler and Eva Braun have taken their lives, their corpses are burned so that they do not fall into the hands of the enemy. Many of his faithful also choose suicide. Goebbels and the remaining generals refuse to comply with the Russians' demand for unconditional surrender. As the situation becomes ever more hopeless, Magda Goebbels poisons her six children before she and her husband take their own lives. Shortly thereafter Traudl Junge and several others manage to escape at the last minute...
(Synopsis courtesy of moviexclusive.com)
So I'm a bit of a history buff. My favourite chapter back in secondary school was on World War II. Hehehe...
I believe I'm gonna enjoy this.