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Hitler – The Last Ten Days

A major fault of the film is that there's no German feeling to it. The cast, with the exception of German actress Doris Kunstmann as Eva Braun, is made up of British and Italian actors. The film's interiors (and a few exteriors) were shot at Shepperton Studios, England.

Cast:
Alec Guinness Simon Ward Adolfo Celi Diane Cilento Gabriele Ferzetti Eric Porter

A major fault of the film is that there’s no German feeling to it. The cast, with the exception of German actress Doris Kunstmann as Eva Braun, is made up of British and Italian actors. The film’s interiors (and a few exteriors) were shot at Shepperton Studios, England.

What is good about the film is the treatment of Hitler by Alec Guinness, who gives perhaps the best portrayal yet of that bizarre figure. Even he, however, never conveys the fanaticism which Hitler certainly had and which he so powerfully conveyed to millions of susceptible German minds.

As the film [from Gerhard Boldt’s The Last Days of the Chancellery] revolves almost entirely around him, other cast members have to work hard to make even a momentary impression. The talent most lost in the shuffle is Simon Ward.

Most outstanding, considering her brief appearance, is Diane Cilento as a test pilot who gets across the authentic if misguided obsessive devotion to Der Fuehrer of some Germans.

Hitler - The Last Ten Days

UK - Italy

Production: Reinhardt/West. Dir Ennio De Concini; Producer Wolfgang Reinhardt; Screenplay Ennio De Concini, Maria Pia Fusco, Wolfgang Reinhardt, Ivan Moffat; Camera Ennio Guarnieri; Editor Kevin Connor; Music Mischa Spoliansky Art Dir Roy Walker

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 108 MIN.

With: Alec Guinness Simon Ward Adolfo Celi Diane Cilento Gabriele Ferzetti Eric Porter

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