Schtonk!

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

This could have been funny - after all, the 1983 scandal of the forged Hitler diaries should be fertile ground for satire - but Dietl and producer Ulrich Limmer's script is so leadenly obvious that the film is almost wholly bereft of laughs. Focused on the swindling partnership of 'Professor' Fritz Knobel (Ochsenknecht) - a past master of forgery in the art and antiques field - and scoop-hungry hack Hermann Willié (George), the story seems intended to highlight the hypocrisy, corruption, and enduring Nazi sympathies rampant in certain sectors of modern German society. Fair enough; but hysterical scenes of nostalgia for the Führer, witless innuendoes, and repeated readings of ludicrously banal diary entries about flatulence don't exactly make for a light touch. Indeed, the whole movie is woefully heavy-handed, with grotesquely OTT performances, most of it looks ugly, and it never gets beyond that one-joke premise about hypocrisy, corruption, etc.

Details

Release details

Duration:
111 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Helmut Dietl
Screenwriter:
Helmut Dietl, Ulrich Limmer
Cast:
Götz George
Uwe Ochsenknecht
Rolf Hoppe
Christiane Hörbiger
Dagmar Manzel
Veronica Ferres
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