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February 03, 2012


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Jonas Nagel

Regarding the "Downfall" subtitles:

Anyone knowing German (this involves whole Switzerland, Germany and Austria and those who learnt German or grew up in one of aformentioned countries) simply finds those parodies "not funny", since by understanding everything Bruno Ganz as Hitler says, the whole fun is spoiled.

Just a little thought/remark to all those applauding to such type of parodies.

Chad Sakac

@Jonas - I hear you. So - in the spirit of educating myself (no i didn't learn german), I watched the original with subtitles. IMO (and this is my opinion) - it highlights the hubris, the willful close-mindedness that led to the horrible history, but ALSO to the ultimate failure, rejection, and defeat (hence the word "Downfall" as the title of the movie).

A great quote (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downfall_(film))

...The film's director, Oliver Hirschbiegel, spoke positively about these parodies in a 2010 interview with New York magazine, saying that many of them were funny and they were a fitting extension of the film's purpose: "The point of the film was to kick these terrible people off the throne that made them demons, making them real and their actions into reality. I think it's only fair if now it's taken as part of our history, and used for whatever purposes people like."

THAT ALL SAID - I want to always live the spirit of my manifesto - and part of that is "be a positive force", so in that spirit (and not wanting to hurt anyone) - I've snipped the content out of the post.

Jonas Nagel

@Chad, just came back from my holidays and read that you cut out the parodies from your post.

I feel honoured, that my comment moved you to this step, but maybe you misunderstood me; I didn't find it "tasteless" or otherwise offensive, thus no hurt feelings.

My point was only that the fun of false subtitles is lost for native German speakers listening to the - notably - great acting. Maybe some of it *might* even come back by muting the sound :-)

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