I saw this movie yesterday. It's very well done, with excellent performances from most of the cast, most notably Bruno Ganz as Hitler. The actors playing Goebbels and his wife, Ulrich Matthes and Corinna Harfouch, also stand out with particularly powerful roles. I do want to raise some questions about things I've read in a few reviews, although I know that it hasn't been in very wide release, so not too many people have had a chance to see it (Ted Todorov did recommend it in the 2005 Foreign/Art/Indy film thread). Most of the reviews have been positive, currently running almost 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, but A.O. Scott's NY Times review is a critical one. He says this: A question here is, does Downfall endorse the particular claim she makes about not having known the extent of what was going on? I'm not sure that it does, or, again, if the filmmakers are even expressing a particular opinion on it, as opposed to just letting her speak for herself. I hope I'm not getting too political here, into thread-lockage territory, but my own view has always been that every sentient adult in Germany at the time knew what was going on, especially someone who was a part of Hitler's inner sanctum. Secretaries are indeed often kept out of the loop on some things, particularly when their employers are engaging in something that could be seen as unsavory, but I have more than a bit of trouble believing that the industrialized genocide of 6 million people could fall into the category of such secretive plots.