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  • Summary: In this documentary, Traudl Junge describes on camera for the first time her experience working as one of Adolf Hilter's private secretaries form 1942 until his suicide in 1945. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
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  1. Makes for fascinating cinema.
  2. 90
    Consistently interesting without feeling essential until, in its last half-hour, it becomes utterly compelling.
  3. So the monstrous twentieth century recedes into libraries; and so a small cog in the mechanism of that monstrosity bequeaths us her memory of it in a quiet, measured way.
  4. 75
    Just one talking head, that's all. But the head in this mesmerizing documentary belongs to Traudl Junge.
  5. 75
    Not a very visually interesting documentary its simply one head talking to the audience, with no film clips, photographs or other diversions. But its awfully hard to turn away.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    This seesaw of shame and self-justification might not speak for the most murderous segment of the German populace, but it's a peculiarly eloquent representation of the silent, obedient majority.

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