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Schtonk

A pretty good German comedy by Helmut Dietl, nominated for an Oscar, that satirizes Germany's relation to its Nazi past, with particular reference to the “Hitler diaries” hoax. It chronicles the exploits of a charlatan who starts out as an art forger, then takes up counterfeiting Nazi relics, including Hitler's diaries and even his (and Eva Braun's) ashes, in collusion with a puffed-up, greedy Hamburg journalist who's restoring one of Goring's ships and romancing one of his nieces. The title is a nonsense word derived from Chaplin's splutters in The Great Dictator; the tone is cheerfully irreverent, though this is hardly a patch on The Nasty Girl.

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