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The Most Popular German Movie In The World


 

You may have noticed the YouTube meme where fake subtitles are added to a movie clip about Hitler, making it seem like he’s ranting about the latest pop-culture outrage (Kanye/Taylor; Jay/Conan). The clip is from the 2004 movie Der Untergang (Downfall) starring Bruno Ganz as the demented dictator in his last days. It was the first German movie in a long time to have Hitler portrayed onscreen, and there was a lot of controversy over whether it was right for a German filmmaker to make a movie that “humanized” Hitler. But from the point of view of YouTube video makers, it’s a godsend, because it provides high-resolution widescreen clips of Hitler screaming and yelling. And that’s how he became the world’s favourite cultural commentator.

These videos are much better when, as in the example below, Hitler is actually Hitler, getting upset about some kind of pop-culture issue; when he’s portrayed as being Hillary Clinton or Stephen Harper, it’s just offensive and not funny.

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The Most Popular German Movie In The World

  1. There's one where the subtitles have him outraged over the Yankees winning the world series again. Funny stuff.

  2. Yeah, thanks a lot Jaime, you realize the crazies around here are presently hard at work planting Harper`s words onto that very video.

  3. "when he's portrayed as being Hillary Clinton or Stephen Harper, it's just offensive and not funny."

    As opposed to what how most of our politicians have behaved during the last decade? Death panels? Taliban-hugging? Defending torture?

    Really…stay away from anything remotely political. You just don't have the stomach for it.

  4. As opposed to what how most of our politicians have behaved during the last decade? Death panels? Taliban-hugging? Defending torture?

    Me: Equating a politician with Hitler is not funny.

    Anon: Here is a list of bad things politicians do and say.

    In the wise words of Norman the Android from Star Trek: "Illogical! Illogical! Please explain. You are human. Only humans can explain their behaviour. Please explain."

    • "In the wise words of Norman the Android from Star Trek: "Illogical! Illogical! Please explain. You are human. Only humans can explain their behaviour."

      Stop, stop. My sides are splitting.

  5. Stop, stop. My sides are splitting.

    See, the "sarcastic 'oh, that's so funny' reply" gambit is far older and cornier than Star Trek quoting. So, in other words, you can't explain the point of your original comment and followed up by being very corny. Not that there's anything wrong, per se, with being corny and not explaining stuff. I do it all the time. I'm glad to see you agree with me.

    • "So, in other words, you can't explain the point of your original comment…"

      I was being satirical.

      What people find funny is a complex issue, so it's probably a waste of breath to declare something categorically "not funny" and probably more useful to state simply that one, personally, does not find something funny. Equating politicians with Hitler is unsophisticated and trite but it is provocative. When the behaviour of our politicians rises to a level that is relatively shocking and, quite frankly. despotic, totalitarian or fascistic, you have to "up the ante" to provoke, which is one option for satire. The other is to be understated, but that takes more time and skill.

      Satire is not funny when its targets are the weak and the vulnerable. Then it's vulgar. You might want bring that up with the *witty* Mark Steyn if your concerned about what's funny and what isn't.

      • I don't think I agree with your points, but I appreciate your making them.

        • "I don't think I agree with your points…"

          I'd be interested in knowing why. They constitute a pretty standard description of political satire, or at least one variety of it.

          "Also, I think when I say something is "not funny" I am, by definition, implying that I don't find it funny."

          My real concern, and one I'm sure you share, is that this kind of declaration, without explanation or context, just causes others to believe someone has no sense of humour or is thin-skinned. Which is largely the reason we're getting so much satire that is pointlessly offensive, since that's guaranteed to get a reaction from someone.

      • How can something be both "trite" _and_ "provocative"? The two words are very nearly antonyms.

  6. The best one i've seen is the oilers anti Mac T ones…very funny, don't know if you have to be an oiler fan to fully appreciate it though?

  7. Good to see Hitler plugging Tucker Carson Daly's new website right at the end there.

  8. Good point…come to think of it i think i did see one featuring Harper, and it was funny, although i cn't honestly remember the issues raised…it's the absurdity, the incongruity alongside a certain amount of shadenfreude…it probably takes everyone differently.

    • I seem to recall perhaps seeing a Harper one that was funny too. If I recall correctly, the context of it was SO absurd that it was humorous. As Bill suggested, it was likely along the lines of "why did no one come get me out of the toilet!?!?!" as opposed to something about torture, or shutting down the legislature, so it was actually still kinda grin-inducing.

  9. That one went up on Youtube 13 months ago. But thanks for being monomaniacally fixated on Ottawa politics even when the subject at hand has nothing to do with it.

    • When you reread Jaime`s post you will see that it was he who initiated " Ottawa politics " in his last sentence when he commented on the fact that the use of Stephen Harper`s name in this context was " offensive and not funny " .

      • Yes, but Jaime's point was not "It would be offensive if someone made it seem as though Hitler was Harper" it was "It was offensive when someone ALREADY DID THAT".

        This meme's been going on for a long time now. I don't think Jaime's to blame for commenting on something that already happened.

        • OK , my original comment was meant to be a light-hearted dig at Jaime for a dark subject that he approached in a funny way. I certainly never meant for it to become a hair-splitting exercise.

  10. Not funny? It would depend on how it is done. What makes these little satires funny (IMHO) is the conjunction of some trivial event (like Leno bumping Conan) with the monumental tragedy that Hitler's madness created for the world.

    It wold be funny for Harper to be ranting and raving about getting lost in the toilet and missing a photo op, but not funny for him to be ranting and raving about listeria deaths or torture.

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