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Alyss N.
01-20-2007, 12:49 PM
...is what I'd be saying if, you know, Hitler was my uncle.

Christoffer S
01-20-2007, 12:56 PM
I wish for a real patriotic epic blockbuster WW2 movie, but from the Germans. I feel their time has come to make a cinematic holy grail, and I feel that is the title they should use.

Alex D
01-20-2007, 02:01 PM
I wish for a real patriotic epic blockbuster WW2 movie, but from the Germans. I feel their time has come to make a cinematic holy grail, and I feel that is the title they should use.


I'd prefer a slapstick comedy. Hitler slips on a banana skin after ordering the invasion of Poland etc.

Paul A J Lewis
01-20-2007, 02:19 PM
I'd prefer a slapstick comedy. Hitler slips on a banana skin after ordering the invasion of Poland etc.
From The Independent:

Germany's first Hitler comedy proves to be no laughing matter
By Tony Paterson in Berlin
Published: 12 January 2007

The first German attempt at a film comedy about Adolf Hitler opened to almost universal criticism yesterday with commentators and cinema-goers dismissing the movie as a vulgar and embarrassing flop which failed to make audiences laugh.

Mein Führer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler by the Jewish director Dani Levy was meant to be Germany's long-awaited answer to film satires about the Nazi leader such as Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator or To Be or Not to Be by Ernst Lubitsch.

The production was intended to show that today's generation of Germans were able to laugh about Hitler. But as Mein Führer went on general release at cinemas in Germany, critics were united in their condemnation of the film.

The actor who plays the part of Hitler in the production even admitted he didn't find the movie amusing. "It didn't excite me much. Having seen the final cut, I don't find it funny," said Helge Schneider.

Harald Peters, a film critic for Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper, concluded: "The drama is inconsistent and most of the jokes are flat, harmless or stale." Moviegoers leaving Berlin's Cinemaxx cinema yesterday were equally critical. "This was supposed to be a comedy?" said Marion Schmidbauer, a teacher. "I only managed to laugh twice during the entire film." Noel Hauser, a 16-year-old student, said: "It didn't make me laugh and it didn't teach me anything I didn't already know about Hitler."

Mein Führer portrays Hitler as a bed-wetting drug addict, who dresses his pet Alsatian dog Blondi in a Nazi SS uniform and proves incapable of sexually gratifying his mistress, Eva Braun. The plot begins at the end of 1944 with a desperate Hitler who has lost all faith in his ability to inspire the German people. Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister, recruits a Jewish actor called Adolf Israel Grünbaum from a concentration camp to train the dictator for a rally. The job gives Grünbaum and his family respite from the concentration camps.

Viewers are, however, treated to some genuinely humorous incidents: one in which Hitler is forced to bark like a dog, provoking a sexual advance from Blondi, and another when the Führer's make-up artist accidentally shaves off half of his moustache.

Levysaid he was resigned to the criticism. "This is not a consensus movie, I know that," he said. "Whenever you touch on this subject in Germany, you are immediately on the edge of good taste."

Dieter Graumann, the deputy leader of Germany's Central Council of Jews, said he would not watch the film. "I come from a family that endured the Holocaust," he said. "I simply cannot laugh when Hitler and the Holocaust are made the subject of a comedy."

In a poll for Stern magazine, 56 per cent of those questioned thought that it was wrong to make a comedy about Hitler.

Bill Pissott
01-20-2007, 02:56 PM
Goooooooooooooo Awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Alex D
01-20-2007, 03:11 PM
Germans not finding humour in something...? ;) Of course, the film may actually stink.

''In a poll for Stern magazine, 56 per cent of those questioned thought that it was wrong to make a comedy about Hitler.''

Stern!

Chad Haden
01-20-2007, 03:13 PM
Those episodes of Python in German are funny in a trainwreck sort of way

Alex D
01-20-2007, 04:03 PM
Those episodes of Python in German are funny in a trainwreck sort of way


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Translation of the joke from the German...

"If is the now-struck git and slotmaster? Yes! Behind-dog it or the flipper-forest kaput!"

A more stricter translation:

"If is the now-piece (git) and (Slotermeyer)? Yes! (Beiher)dog that or the pinball wood (gersput)!"

Together that would probably mean:

"If is the now-struck git and slotmaster? Yes! Behind dog it or the pinball-wood kaput!"

Earl Roesel
01-20-2007, 05:06 PM
SON OF HITLER was the definitive last word. Peter Cushing and Bud Cort as a comedy team? Sheer brilliance.