The slightly fictionalized story of an art forger, a journalist desperate for a big story, and the biggest press scandal in German history: the Hitler Diaries.

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Cast

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Hermann Willié
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Fritz Knobel
Christiane Hörbiger ...
Freya von Hepp
Rolf Hoppe ...
Karl Lentz
Dagmar Manzel ...
Biggi
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Martha
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Dr. Wieland
Martin Benrath ...
Uwe Esser
Hermann Lause ...
Kurt Glück
Karl Schönböck ...
Professor Strasser
Rosemarie Fendel ...
Mrs. Lentz
Georg Marischka ...
Von Klantz
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Notary Cornelius
Hark Bohm ...
Catholic pastor
Willy Harlander ...
Bavarian customs officer
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Storyline

Fritz is a falsifier drawing a picture of Eva Braun, the girlfriend of Adolf Hitler. He meets Hermann and tells him about some Nazi- material he knows about. Herrmann, working for a great German magazine, pays for everything he can get, and so Fritz starts to write "Hitlers private daybook". The story covers a real event that happend in Germany in the middle of the eighties. Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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Der Film zum Buch vom Führer

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12 March 1992 (Germany)  »

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DEM 16,000,000 (estimated)
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The character Freya von Hepp, who is portrayed as the niece of Hermann Göring in the movie, is based on Edda Göring, who was in real life the daughter of Hermann Göring. For 5 years she was also friends with the journalist Gerd Heidemann, on whom the character Hermann Willié is based on. See more »

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Fritz Knobel: [writing Hitler's diary] The superhuman effords of the last days create flatulences in the intestinal and Eva says, I have bad breath.
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References The Great Dictator (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Enrique Batiz
Courtesy of Selected Sound Musikverlag
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3 May 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite comedies. It only works if you manage to see the irony behind it, though. (But it's so obvious that it's hard to miss). It is easily the best of Dietl's works I've seen so far and addresses topics such as responsibility of the media, coming to terms with the past (or rather not coming to terms with it?), greed and ethics in journalism. The acting (especially Götz George) is awesome. It's one of those few movies that I can watch over and over again and still keel over with laughter at some scenes. Konstantin Wecker's score is one of the best I know and perfectly supports the plot.

Based on the true case (!) of master-forger Konrad Kujau who, in 1983, fooled the renowned German magazine "Stern" by selling it his faked Hitler diaries for millions of Marks. Kujau was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison but was released after 3 years because of cancer. He became so famous through this affair that, in 2006, faked Kujau fakes were sold on ebay.

Against the backdrop of these true events Dietl develops his story of greedy men who bring out the worst in each other and who are going blind to an extend that it borders delusion.

It's a straight 10 out of 10!


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