Tonight on TV: a terrifying portrait of Hitler with an inhabited actor

Every day, AlloCiné recommends a film to (re)watch on TV. Tonight: a biopic about Hitler’s last moments.

In 2005, La Chute landed on French screens, already haloed with great success across the Rhine, where it attracted nearly 4.5 million spectators. Selected for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the feature film is devoted to the last days of Adolf Hitler and the collapse of the Third Reich during the Battle of Berlin in April 1945.

To write it, the producer and screenwriter Bernd Eichinger (The Neverending Story, The Name of the Rose, Resident Evil) was inspired by two books: “The Last Days of Hitler”, bestseller of the historian Joachim Fest, and “Until the Last Hour: Hitler’s Last Secretary”, memoirs by Traudl Junge (played in the film by actress Alexandra Maria Lara). He then contacted Oliver Hirschbiegel, director of The Experience, to direct it.

If the latter hesitates before committing to the project, he ends up accepting because he considers that, as a German, it is his duty. To avoid any Manichaeism, he films a handheld camera, like a documentary, and brings historical figures to life. Starting with Adolf Hitler, brilliantly played by Bruno Ganz. Already enamelled with strong roles, the career of the actor finds one commensurate with his requirement. Dazzlingly authentic, especially during scenes of speeches or hysteria, the actor delivers a powerful performance without ever falling into caricature.

The fall by Oliver Hirschbiegel with Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Rolf Kanies…

Tonight on Arte at 8:55 p.m.

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