Knowing Languages Is Bad for Good Laughs

January 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Fun, Language, video | 2 Comments
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On Realpop, I read about the latest “The Downfall” meme: Take the scene from The Downfall in which Hitler/Bruno Ganz learns that Steiner couldn’t gather enough forces to attack and add new subtitles to it, changing The Downfall of Hitler to The Downfall of HDVD or The Downfall of the Cowboys. While Ganz’ acting features the theatrical type of speech that is known from Hitler speeches – and which is on a phonetic level sufficiently close to Chaplin’s idiom as Hynkel in The Great Dictator – it is certainly good material for being subtitled. Too bad though that the trick won’t work if you know German: It’ impossible to shut out and not understand the words of your mother tongue:-(

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  1. Here’s a workaround: just watch it on mute.

    At work I don’t have any other choice anyway 😉

  2. Naw, that would be cheating. And being a cinéaste, I refuse to watch a movie without sound – ok, I tried, but it didn’t work either. Wasn’t funny. My theory is that you have to have those canine noises (=Hitler’s idiom) as a backdrop.


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