For all its specious moralising - the Simon Ward character is clearly intended to be the 'conscience of Germany', and Alistair Cooke's scene-setting narration is similarly intended as the 'voice of authority' - this account of life in the bunker quickly topples over into uneasy farce, with Alec Guinness' Hitler seeming more like a character from Kind Hearts and Coronets than the frightening political figure he was. Juxtaposing newsreel footage with dramatised reconstructions doesn't help either.
Cast and crew
Ennio De Concini
Enni De Concini, Mari Pia Fusco, Wolfgang Reinhardt
Alec Guinness Doris Kunstmann Simon Ward Adolfo Celi Diane Cilento Gabriele Ferzetti Eric Porter Joss Ackland Sheila Gish Timothy West