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4.0 out of 5 stars Alec Guinness is a surprisingly convincing Hitler.
Taken from an account of Hitler's last 10 days in the bunker, this film portrays a despot wrestling with his imminent humiliation. Yet the humiliations have already begun as Hitler ironically faces the everyday difficulties that the Germans were experiencing, including restricted movement and the racial laws.
The film is carefully crafted. The cast list includes...
Published on 19 Mar 2003 by G E Prout

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit strange
I have watched most of the movies on the death of Hitler as they say alot about how he was seen at that time. This is by fat the stranges and ood from begining to end. However it is very well acted.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alec Guinness is a surprisingly convincing Hitler., 19 Mar 2003
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G E Prout (Eastbourne, East Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Taken from an account of Hitler's last 10 days in the bunker, this film portrays a despot wrestling with his imminent humiliation. Yet the humiliations have already begun as Hitler ironically faces the everyday difficulties that the Germans were experiencing, including restricted movement and the racial laws.
The film is carefully crafted. The cast list includes internationally renowned actors including Simon Ward and Adolfo Celli, and a very nervous Andrew Sachs as a registrar. Linking Hitler's policies and opinions are handled effectively by the inclusion of snippets of contemporary newsreels, however, these rarely seem intrusive. The claustrophobic atmosphere of the bunker cleverly mimics the restrictions imposed on the Reich elite by their Fuhrer. The horror of myopic adoration and cowardice bleeds from this film, and its climax seems to sigh with overwhelming relief. The wedding scene is a remarkable piece of irony, and Frau Goerbals tucking up her children in bed is chilling.
This film is essential viewing if you wish to demystify Hitler and see how an unremarkable man can behave in such an elevated position.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 16 May 2011
This review is from: Hitler: The Last Ten Days [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
An interesting film, minimalist, almost like a play on a stage. Creates an atmosphere of utter dread and depicts the events with considerable artistic license. It's almost like watching a dream about the events in question, not the events themselves. For me it works rather well, and it certainly affected me more than 'The Bunker' (a film I found laughable) and even the 'Downfall'. The cinematography is also minimalistic. The film is dark and characters end up looking like flickers of light in a vast darkness that surrounds them. A touch of surrealism is something I otherwise tend to dislike, but in this case I think it works. If you want realism, try Hirschbiegel's 'Downfall'. It is an excellent film. Well, unless you've already seen some of the countless Downfall parodies on Youtube, in which case you'll probably end up laughing every ten minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good depiction of the final days, 7 Mar 2013
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Alec Guinness performs very well in this 1973 production telling the story of the final days of Hitler. With a good supporting cast, the film is worth a watch and has been bettered in recent years by the magnificent Downfall (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005].
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitler the last ten days, 9 May 2014
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BRIAN SAUNDERS (COVENTRY, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Terrible film but long waited for. Great condition I just forgot how bad Alex Guiness was in it. Never mind I now have it on DVD
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit strange, 21 Feb 2013
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I have watched most of the movies on the death of Hitler as they say alot about how he was seen at that time. This is by fat the stranges and ood from begining to end. However it is very well acted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Sep 2014
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Awesome film, I really enjoyed it. Quick delivery and the item was in perfect condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent. Can only watch it on, 10 Nov 2014
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Apart from Region 1, excellent. Can only watch it on computer
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy 'Downfall' instead, 11 Mar 2009
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I've seen most tellings of this story. This is not a good one. Alec Guiness is way off-form and the supporting cast are nonentities. Sad attempts are made to show the extent that the Fuhrer is out of touch with reality by cutting to ironically appropriate newsreel footage. It doesn't work. The cinematography is non-existent and the script dull. No drama, no tension, no Bruno Ganz.
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1.0 out of 5 stars British Israelite Germanophobia of the racist Harris kind, 2 May 2010
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Ken Raus "Ken Raus" (Lugdunum) - See all my reviews
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For anglo-amerikanische Germanophobes,that is Aussies,Canadians,Yankees et al and all normal German self-haters,an excellent film,otherwise taken from a wholly accurate book I have read...This film is a totally accurate rendition of the pure evil that was Hillier,that middle European misguided mediocrity all decent people must love to hate unless there is something suspiciously wrong with them and in no way is this skillfully made film the same old Zionist/Liberal agitprop as so many subsequent films about the era/the man/party were/are/will be...The truth is bad enough and this film tells all the truth about the evillest man in history and probably the future and the past...The godlike wickedness,the awful evilness of Hitler cannot be overstated and this wonderful film understates his evilhood if that is possible...What is remarkable is the sheer unremarkability of this gay, psychedelic dwarf himself although we should bear in mind that it is remarkable that such a man,remarkable only for having one teste,should have gained such an exalted position and to such disasterous effect...Had he succeeded in his evil Teutonic plan to reconquer Gentile Europe and then the whole hapless world,Europe would not now exult in the exotic presence of so many vibrant and charming offwhite immigrants who contribute so much to our stuffy old hidebound civilization...This film does indeed clarify the grim workings of this vile monsters mind,this genocidal monstrosity,who is known to have had a critical Rabbi's favourite cat killed and stuffed and sent to the poor holy man,mafia-style whereupon the Rebbe killed himself-A tragic story told to a friend of mine by the Rebbe himself...I agree that the scene where Frau Gorbals tucks her misguided children up is awful, especially as Rap was unknown then,but these heroic mercenary thespians carry it off as selflessly as they did in Downfall...Frankly there is nothing to clarify about this dreadful unitesticular man so otherwise ordinary that one can only attribute his thankfully shortlived reign of horror to the opportunism of the mediocre psychopath...Well worth seeing,it's virtually a real time video of Hitlers Last Ten Days so incredibly accurate is it,right down to the surprisingly English-sounding Austrian dialect Hilter spoke...A masterpiece of wrily authentic disinformative reconstruction and compassionate drivel.
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