Respectful Insolence

Who knew Hitler was a die-hard Cowboys fan?

It’s Superbowl Sunday. Even someone who’s not much of a football fan and who doesn’t really care much one way or the other about either team can’t help but get caught up in the hype a little bit. In any case, there seems little point to doing any serious blog posts today, given that (1) it’s a weekend and traffic plummets on the weekend and (2) it’s Superbowl Sunday, which leads me to expect that traffic will be even lower than a typical Sunday. Oh, and also because I just learned that Hitler was a Cowboys fan:

I’ve posted a parody of this particular scene from the German movie Downfall before. Indeed, there are more such parodies.

For example, there seems to be a thread of anti-Microsoft sentiment in these parodies:

And now there’s one about MySpace:

And this, I’m told (although I’m not sure it’s correct), is the one that started it all, Somebody Stole Hitler’s Car:

Downfall, by the way, is an incredible movie; you feel as though you really are watching what was happening during Hitler’s last days in the bunker. I recommend it highly. The particular scene being parodied portrays Hitler’s generals telling him that the Russians have broken through the last defenses and are entering Berlin, that the divisions that Hitler thought he had no longer existed, and that the last remnants of his military were unable to break through to reach Berlin in time to try to stop the Red Army. It is a moment when Hitler finally realizes that there is no winning, that there is no escape, and that his position is truly hopeless. There’s something very primal about that scene, and there’s also something about that scene that makes it very ripe for parody, as you can see.

Comments

  1. #1 Bob O'H
    February 3, 2008

    I think the first one (at least the first one I saw) was about Sheffield United.

    My only thoughts on the Superbowl is that it must contain 3 shredded wheat.

    Bob

  2. #2 Eric
    February 3, 2008

    As for the first one with the football theme….

    The opposite of “gain” is “lose”, not “loose”.
    The opposite of “win” is “lose”, not “loose”.
    The opposite of “find” is “lose”, not “loose”.

    The opposite of “tight” is “loose”.

    Why is that so difficult for so many??? Maybe this should be the topic of the next spoof.

  3. #3 Oskar
    February 3, 2008

    I do not watch American football but I can agree with you regarding Downfall, this movie is a must for just about everybody. I have talked to a few Austrians and Germans and it is hard for them to watch it, it it because they have been brought up to look at Hitler as a monster but this movie shows that he was a human being, just a very sick one.

  4. #4 inkadu
    February 3, 2008

    It’s not just the Austrians who have trouble with a humanized hitler. One of the major networks shutdown a movie about Hitler because people complained it “humanized” him. As if Hitler was somehow the spawn of the devil. People are only going to repeat their mistakes unless they realize that horror of Naziism is a natural part of the human condition.

    Great, great, great movie. The scene where the children are given suicide pills is horrific, unforgettable, and tragically human.

    And, despite the “loose” issues, the football parody was definitely the best written of the set. Hitler and his jersey… hilarious.

  5. #5 Eamon Knight
    February 3, 2008

    Based on the parodies, I really do want to see this movie. Even though my German is nigh non-existent, I can feel the tension and drama of this scene. That, and I have a morbid fascination with the Hitler story (no doubt the same ignoble impulse that makes people rubberneck at freeway crashes, but there it is).

  6. #6 Mojo
    February 4, 2008

    Bob O’H wrote, “I think the first one (at least the first one I saw) was about Sheffield United.”

    That was the first one I saw, but there have also been two very funny ones about Spurs and Arsenal.

  7. #7 Uncle Dave
    February 4, 2008

    I have actually been to a meeting like that during the development of a military aircraft program. Reminds me of a Senior Researcher who started throwing sealed gallon cans of the secret sauce across the laboratory after news of a cancellation of funding….

    verbatim;
    They have cut the development budget.
    “Are you shitting me???????!!!!!!!”

    “Everyone thats not a complete retard leave the room.”

    Needless to say, once the cans started flying everyone became a complete retard and left, quickly…

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