Downfall (German: Der Untergang) is a German war film released by Constantin Film in 2004. Most of the scenes in the film were recorded in St Petersburg in Russia.


Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII as the Red Army conquers Berlin.

Relation with Inglourious BasterdsEdit

  • Hitler's rant in front of his generals from the bunker when he finds out Felix Steiner's attack didn't happen is paralleled with Hitler's introduction in his lair, when he begins to scream at his generals about the latest Basterds attacks.
  • Likewise, the orders he gives to his subordinates are equally as absurd, in Downfall he keeps ordering that undermanned units attack the enemy, while in Inglourious Basterds he orders his men to simply not refer to sgt. Donny Donnowitz as "The Bear Jew", and no other plans on how to deal with the Basterds.
  • In both films we have a scene where Hitler talks to a close man of his, Hitler with Speer in Downfall and Hitler with Goebbels in Inglourious Basterds.


  • Christian Berkel, who plays Prof. Ernst-Günther Schenck in the film, appears in Inglourious Basterds as the tavern proprietor Eric.
  • Hitler only mentions the Jews 4 times in the film, as the film is mostly about the final days of the dictator, thus they play no part in the film's narrative.
  • This film is widely parodied by YouTube users who refer to themselves as "untergangers".

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