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Hitler and Humour

Nothing could be less funny than Hitler’s fascist regime … until Jack Benny gets hold of it in the film To Be or Not to Be. A satirical treatment of Nazi corruption and insanity, the movie was released during the height of WWII making it an extremely risky comedy for its time. Ernst Lubitsch was a German-born, Jewish director who often used the relative freedom provided by the Hollywood Studios as a forum to air his  political commentaries on the state of European society.

To Be or Not to Be is an absolute must see. Jack Benny is at his most hysterical and Lubitsch deflates the power of the fascists without resorting to propagandistic treatment of his subject matter. It ain’t Shakespeare my friends but the witty dialogue is a work of genius. Put it on your list!

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This entry was published on January 22, 2012 at 9:56 am. It’s filed under Actors, Directors, Eras, Hollywood Studios, Revolutionary Film and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Hitler and Humour

  1. I don’t remember this one but would love to see it now. Good old Jack Benny was a favourite in our house.

  2. I think he had a radio and TV show right?

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