Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

06 March 2005

National Socialism Lay in a Fiery Ditch

This evening I saw Der Untergang (Downfall). It's my first film of 2005 (in March, geez) and it's fucking great. It's about Hitler's inner sanctum during the last two weeks or so before the Germany army surrendered to the Russians in 1945. It's based on several books, one of them being an insider account from Hitler's secretary Traudl Junge. This movie is SO GOOD. It's pretty harrowing to watch at times (there is an extremely sad scene where children are murdered), but I think it's well worth it. Bruno Ganz is a terrific Hitler and the rest of the cast is top-notch.

And don't worry, the Aryan vegetarian monster dies at the end, and he winds up in a ditch, covered in petrol, on fire.