AKA: 100 Jahre Adolf Hitler – Die letzte Stunde im Führerbunker, 100 Years of Adolf Hitler – The Last Hour in the Führerbunker
Directed by: Christoph Schlingensief
Starring: Udo Kier (Hitler), Margit Carstensen (Martha Goebbels), Volker Spengler (Fegelein)
Country: Germany, European Cinema
Language: German (English Subtitles)
Genres: Bizarre, Nazism, Incest, Based on a True Story, Military
Plot – Spoilers:
100 Years of Adolf Hitler was the first in Christoph Schlingensief’s Germany Trilogy and is his usual bizarre take on the final hour in Hitler’s bunker. The title comes from the fact that it was made in 1989, the 100th Birth Anniversary of Adolf Hitler.
The bunker where it is set, is an actual WW II bunker and remains unlit throughout – the only source of light is a flashlight, and this aids the confusion and chaos of the final hour as the end seems nigh.
Present in the bunker with Hitler are Eva Braun who appears to hate him and is in a relationship with Martha Goebbels and Fegelein. Goebbels, Bormann, Göring and Fegelein are involved in a power struggle as they foresee Hitler’s imminent demise. Dr. Morell, Hitler’s physician, is depicted as a woman here who feeds his morphine addiction. Goebbels and his daughter are in an incestuous relationship while Udo Kier plays Hitler restrained and as someone distant and preoccupied.
This like the others in the Trilogy is loud and chaotic but has a little more of a running plot.