I just saw Oliver Hirscbiegel´s film "Der Untergang" and I must say I was very impressed. Definitely one of the most important movies of the year. For those who don´t know, "Der Untergang" ("The Downfall") tells the story of Adolf Hitler´s last days in his bunker in Berlin. It has stirred a lot of controversy in Germany, mainly beacuse many people think it depicts Hitler as "too human". Personally I don´t understand that argument. I think acknowledging Hitler´s "human-ness" is the only way to really learn and prevent these things happening again. Making him some kind of demon from another world will not help. That doesn´t mean Hirschbiegel is somehow glorifying Hitler. Quite the contrary, the tone of the film is stark and realistic. And while Hitler does show some empathy and humane emotions (especially towards his stenographer), most of the time he is just the raving lunatic we all know. But even at his craziest Hitler is chillingly real and the credit goes to actor Bruno Ganz. His work is truly marvelous and perhaps gives us a little understanding on why Hitler had such an mesmerizing effect on people. BTW, I read that Ganz carefully studied the tapes that Finnish army secretly recorded when Hitler was here on marshal Mannerheim´s 75th birthday. These tapes are the only known recordings of Hitler speaking casually and "naturally", as opposed to his public speeches, which were mostly shouting and more shouting. I wholeheartedly recommend this film to anyone interested in history. It´s not the lightest of movies, but it isn´t overtly bloody either, so even people with weak stomachs can handle it. Anyone else seen it yet?