In the musical The Producers, these two guys make a musical comedy called “Springtime for Hitler.” It is supposed to flop. It succeeds. This is funny, because it would never happen this way in real life. No one would make a comedy about Hitler — right?
SWASTIKAS fluttered over Berlin yesterday, German soldiers raised stiff arms in the Hitler salute and hundreds of bedraggled spectators shouted approval as the Nazi leader delivered a faltering speech.
â€œMy God,â€ said Benny Zimmerman, from St Louis, as he left Berlin Cathedral. â€œTheyâ€™re back!â€
Dani Levi, the Israeli director, has turned the German capital upside down in an attempt to recapture the atmosphere of Nazi Germany for a new comedy about Adolf Hitler.
… â€œThe film is to be called Mein FÃ¼hrer,â€ a spokeswoman for Mr Levi said.
â€œIt will be in the tradition of Charlie Chaplinâ€™s The Great Dictator and Ernst Lubitschâ€™s To Be or Not To Be.â€
… The premise is that Hitler survived the war and wants to set the record straight.
The making of the film has given many the chance to perform illegal acts. â€œWhere else in Germany can you shout â€˜Heil Hitlerâ€™ at the top of your voice?â€ said one extra.
The film-makers had to gain the permission of Berlin City Council to display the swastikas. But the council failed to warn tourists and locals, who stared as the Nazis marched around. â€œI think itâ€™s really tasteless, especially as itâ€™s happening next to the cathedral,â€ said Gabi Metzler, from Bavaria, standing on the church steps to get a better view.
â€œItâ€™s our first visit to Berlin,â€ said her friend, Gertrude. â€œThings seem to have changed much less than we had expected.â€