Was There Ever Any Doubt About A Hitler/Downfall Video On Wisconsin?

Of course not.

I’m probably as tired of this meme as you guys are. But this installment is one of the best ones ever done. It’s great. Love the part where he says “we spend all our time trying to keep poor minority kids out of charter schools.”

And here’s a little extra – the website Vulture caught up with Oliver Hirschbiegel, the director of Downfall, the movie from which these videos all come (it’s actually a must-see flick if you haven’t checked it out), to get his reaction to all of these things…

The German filmmaker is pleased, nay, thrilled that YouTube enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to reinterpret it.   “Someone sends me the links every time there’s a new one,” says the director, on the phone from Vienna. “I think I’ve seen about 145 of them! [Ed. Note: Only a German would come up with a number as precise as 145 off the top of his head.] Of course, I have to put the sound down when I watch. Many times the lines are so funny, I laugh out loud, and I’m laughing about the scene that I staged myself! You couldn’t get a better compliment as a director.”

As for the idea of such a serious scene being used for laughs, Hirschbiegel thinks it actually fits with the theme of the movie. “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,” he says. “I think it’s only fair if now it’s taken as part of our history, and used for whatever purposes people like.” He adds, “If only I got royalties for it, then I’d be even happier.”



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