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‘Downfall’ plays well on tube

Hitler pic draws big auds for ARD

BERLIN — After raking in $36 million at the local box office and becoming one of last year’s biggest domestic earners, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Downfall,” about the final days of Adolf Hitler, triumphed on primetime TV last week.

Airing in two parts on pubcaster ARD Oct. 19 and 20, pic attracted 7.2 million viewers Wednesday and 6.9 million the following night.

Although it was far behind Michael Herbig’s box office hit “Manitu’s Shoe,” which last year drew 12.2 million viewers on ProSieben, it performed much better than other high-profile local pics.

Oscar winner “Nowhere in Africa” managed only 3.65 million last year on Sat.1; this year’s German Film Award winner “Go for Zucker!” reached 4.2 million in September on ARD.

Although “Downfall” was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar this year, it was snubbed at the German film awards.

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