Wednesday January 29, 2020

Hitler hilarity shows there’s no limits on taste

From Charlie Chaplin to the BBC, the creative community has long been fascinated by World War II

15th September, 2019
Carmen Silvera and Gorden Kaye in ’Allo ’Allo: atrocious accents and stereotypes

The TV programme opens with Beethoven’s dreamlike Moonlight Sonata. In sepia colours, we see a frail man lounging on a sofa. With dramatic understatement, the voiceover begins: “He refuses to engage in the boring day-to-day detail of running a country. He has no interest in the opinions of experts and refuses to read briefings. Instead he tasks his team with a simple assignment: destroy democracy and make him dictator.”

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