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Published on June 11th, 2008 | by Chris

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Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)


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Hitler: The Last Ten Days takes us into the depths of der Furher's Berlin bunker during his final days. Based on the book by Gerhard Boldt, it provides a bleak look at the goings-on within, and without.

Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)Hitler: The Last Ten Days takes us into the depths of der Furher's Berlin bunker during his final days. Based on the book by Gerhard Boldt, it provides a bleak look at the goings-on within, and without.

The style of the film is a little interesting. You'll quickly notice that "above ground" things are all in black-and-white, while "below" everything is in color. This makes perfect sense, as we start the film in B/W with a horrific and brief look at Hitler's rise to power.

Inside the bunker, there are moments where we're suddenly cast "above", to the horrors and generally atrocious conditions that exist there. Usually these moments come in stark contrast to some outlandishly false or otherwise arrogant statement by Adolf, or some instance where the relative luxury and comfort of the bunker has been shown to us. I have to say, it really works quite well. Just as we start to "accept" said luxury, we're thrown back to reality.

Playing Hitler is the venerable Alec Guinness. His portrayal is absolutely amazing, bringing out the man's arrogance and steadfast insanity in sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways.

It is interesting, though, to contrast this portrayal of Hitler to that of the later film Downfall. In that movie we're shown a slightly different picture of a frail and failing old man, who switches back and forth between a pathetic paranoid confusion to utter insane rage. In "Last Ten" Hitler is shown as just constantly paranoid, in a "steady" sort of way. Both versions are equally effective, though, and you have to give Guinness credit for his masterful job here.

The rest of the cast is just as good, really, although unlike Downfall, they take a back seat to Guinness.

Of course we all know the ending, and as is the case the last final moments have to be inferred, but seem to work here. Although the ending seems a little too triumphant and, well, written for the screen as the entire remaining staff lights up their cigarettes in defiance of the now deceased Furher....

No matter. The Last Ten Days is still a fine bit of film, even if it is ultimately depressing and predictable. (hey, what were you expecting?)

Curiously, Hitler: The Last Ten Days is rated PG. In the first few moments alone, I think it's clear that this is a bit more than that, as we're shown some of the awful bits of stock film from events during the war, from the horrors of the camps, and later reels such as the citizens carving up horses for food as they're served up steak and wine in the bunker....

It is interesting to contrast the two viewpoints of Boldt in this film, versus the viewpoint of the secretary Traudi Junge in Downfall. A lot of the same events are covered, but the perspective and ultimate telling of the story really is quite different.

No clips. Looks like Downfall-itis has infected this one as well.

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Hitler: The Last Ten Days is cinema at its most powerful. Oscar® winner Alec Guinness portrays the dictator in one of his most memorable performances. Spanning the final days from Hitler's 56th birthday to his death, this unflinching peek into the bunker shows us the downfall of a madman...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Brand: LEGEND FILMS
Manufacturer: Legend Films
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Actors:
  • Alec Guinness
  • Simon Ward
  • Adolfo Celi
  • Diane Cilento
  • Gabriele Frezetti

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  • Hitler: The Last Ten Days is cinema at its most powerful. Oscar winner Alec Guinness portrays the dictator in one of his most memorable performances. Spanning the final days from Hitler's 56th birthday to his death, this unflinching peek into the bunker shows us the downfall of a madman. Guinness explores every facet of the challenging role and Doris Kunstmann co-stars as doomed mistress Eva B

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. unfortunately I made the mistake on Amazon ..., August 22, 2016
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Great movie. unfortunately I made the mistake on Amazon Prime that it was free. Then I saw I was billed 18 bucks. Probably the most expensive movie they have. Amazon should give you at least two warnings that you are about to be charged to view this 30 year old movie. It was impossible to reach them to tell them that I made a mistake. So I chalk up the 18 dollar cost to experience and now I'm extra extra careful when I see those tiny tiny yellow boxes. So was the movie worth 18 bucks...come on... nothing on TV is worth that cost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sir Alex as Hitler, March 16, 2017
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Good film on the last days of Hitler as told from the perspective of a German soldier in the bunker. The film however is inferior to Downfall.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of 5 stars but I just couldn't claim "I love it", July 3, 2016
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I would've given this movie 5 stars, really; it's deserving of it. I just had trouble with the nomenclature that Amazon puts on the 5 star opinion "I Love It!" (Had trouble "loving" ANYthing associated with Nazism.)

That having been said, this is a very well-done production. Very well-researched and Guiness is his usual awesome self when he imitates a character. This movie gives one a very good idea of the delusions which Hitler, Borman and Goebbels lived under right up to the very end. And it also gives good representation of the dawning realization of the rest of the bunker occupants that Hitler had lost everything - Germany and his mind.
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Summary: Hitler: The Last Ten Days takes us into the depths of der Furher's Berlin bunker during his final days. Based on the book by Gerhard Boldt, it provides a bleak look at the goings-on within, and without.

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