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Donkin's World: Hitler - All The Rage

Youtubers have turned Hitler into a major figure of fun, as Richard Donkin reveals.

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What if Pontius Pilate had betrayed a speech impediment? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrH-Fcz8Eno&feature=related

What if insurgency movements had been organised like trade unions?

What if parish councillors turned out to be mass murders? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VruioFzIwg&feature=related

Parody has always superimposed the farcical on institutional understanding. The Nazis were prime targets. Think of the Lambeth Walk during the Second World War http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHtEKSg-ycQ, Charlie Chaplin's Great Dictator http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VruioFzIwg&feature=related and Mel Brooks' Springtime for Hitler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGp0hCxSg98 not to mention his Hitler Rap http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu2NqfISm9k&feature=related

But rarely has one scene from a film attracted so much attention from the send-up artists than the sequence in Downfall (Der Untergang) when Bruno Ganz enacts one of Hitler's infamous rages during his final days in the Berlin bunker.

YouTube is positively littered with Downfall parodies or mash-ups. A whole string of them are devoted to football results from Tottenham v Arsenal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_7mhflhuAc&feature=related to this latest one on Manchester City http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YquUgDihMT0

Part of the scene's appeal is the rant, conveniently in German (for all but German speakers), lending itself to the use of subtitles. But the supporting cast enable the parody-makers to construct a series of excuses for whatever performance is being discussed.

The Downfall mashup has become so ubiquitous there seems no end to the scenarios that can be applied to the scene. Sometimes, however, the film rights owner asks YouTube to remove a parody. But even these requests have been parodied. There are too many of these clips (most of dubious quality) to list here but here are just a few:

Hitler gets banned from X-Box live.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfkDxF2kn1I&feature=related
Hitler can't find Wally.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scIj3WSOhho&feature=related
Hitler is upset that he can't use Twitter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd4WZ3LqCKw&feature=PlayList&p=8731B126281BCEFF&index=34

It makes one wonder what Hitler might have had to say about it all? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q-6H4xOUrs

And Winston Churchill? Well he didn't need to say anything says Orson Welles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpqwY7QL7r8&feature=PlayList&p=202F6E063E797DEB&index=21


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