A-Z German film titles

der untergang, a level german

not yet available; films and background for sale below

french a level, cinema, essay, summary

Resources have been written with the needs of busy teachers in mind. They are available:

  • to download (online version)
  • to receive on CD with access to the online version also
  • to receive as a VLE version (moodle, firefox etc) with access to the online version also

Extracts of Hitler's rants from this film have become very popular for retranslation on youtube.     Some critics have claimed that with such a reconstruction, by making Hitler the under-dog, there is a danger of making him a sympathetic figure.  

Seen through the eyes of young secretary Traudl Junge who has been frequently interviewed about the war years, the story sticks very closely to the actual events of the last days of the fall of Berlin.  

Bruno Ganz who embodies Hitler to perfection captures the mental collapse of the man who once had most of Europe at this feet.    Public scenes which had been photographed and used as propaganda are reconstructed and more intimate ones such as the suicide of the Goebbels family demonstrate the sheer fanaticism of the protagonists.

We all know what is going to happen in this very high class biopic but as mentioned there are ethical issues around why the film has been made and what has been done to ensure that it does not in any way glorify the memory of Hitler.


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  • Detailed summary of film with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each scene
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives


  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech


  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay


  • Examplar scenes analysed
  • Scene analysis template


Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.


English subtitles

Subtitles in German for hearing impaired