Hitler Comedy: Thoughts and Reaction

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So, posts have been missing for quite sometime. Well, don’t blame me. Blame Edge Hill University. I’ve been putting a hell of a lot of effort in writing for them, that Im just sick of writing. IT’S LITERALLY KILLING MY BLOG. But oh well, I have some time to write post today.

Netflix has made an announcement that they are going to be airing a new comedy film from the 9th of April. And as you can tell, it is a Comedy about Hitler. Fortunately, and with a huge sigh of relief, it WON’T be based in 1930’s-1940’s Germany. Rather, Hitler will wake up in the year 2011, with no knowledge of how the heck he skipped 66 years. Well, I can certainly say, by having such a bizzare set up, they dodged a bullet. Because Hitler really isn’t a Comedic character (depending which way you look at him). The film is also German, which is and isn’t surprising, and I will get into that momentarily. The film will be subbed and shown on Netflix from the 9th of April.

This isn’t the first time Hitler has been the subject of a comedy show. ‘Heil Honey im Home!’ was an attempt at this bizzare premise in the late 80’s. Made by BSB (Who merged with another (And well known) company to become BSkyB). It attempted to turn Hitler into sitcom, sort of similar to those 50’s sitcoms they’d show on BBC 2 in the mid morning years ago. Think The Honeymooners, where Hitler and Eva are neighbours to a stereotypical Jewish Couple. Suffice to say, that idea didn’t go down well, and the show was cancelled midway through the series, with a few episodes unaired.

Now, I don’t want to say that this is a bad omen. It was two different approaches made at two different time periods. The latest Nazi comedy I have seen was the Sci Fi comedy independent film ‘Iron Sky’. I didn’t like Iron Sky, but it had a good soundtrack. The fact this new one was made in Germany is interesting. I said I was surprised and not surprised at the same time. It is well known that the Germans; particularly older Germans, still possess war guilt, due to denazification. But I said older Germans. Younger Germans, whom were perhaps born after Denazification, probably see the atrocities differently to their parents and Grandparents. An attitude of ‘It was bad and should NOT be repeated, but we cannot keep blaming ourselves’. Films like this one; made in Germany, seem to show an important mark of maturity in the German state. That they have moved on since.

I have the link to the trailerĀ (its in German) and the article (English) that I read down here:

http://www.techinsider.io/netflix-hitler-comedy-look-whos-back-2016-2?utm_content=bufferc991a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer-ti

 

Meanwhile, I have to do some more writing.

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