The slightly fictionalized story of an art forger, a journalist desperate for a big story, and the biggest press scandal in German history: the Hitler Diaries.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Götz George ...
Hermann Willié
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Fritz Knobel
Christiane Hörbiger ...
Freya von Hepp
Rolf Hoppe ...
Karl Lentz
Dagmar Manzel ...
Biggi
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Martha
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Dr. Wieland
Martin Benrath ...
Uwe Esser
Hermann Lause ...
Kurt Glück
Karl Schönböck ...
Professor Strasser
Rosemarie Fendel ...
Mrs. Lentz
Georg Marischka ...
Von Klantz
Thomas Holtzmann ...
Notary Cornelius
Hark Bohm ...
Catholic pastor
Willy Harlander ...
Bavarian customs officer
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Fritz is a falsifier drawing a picture of Eva Braun, the girlfriend of Adolf Hitler. He meets Hermann and tells him about some Nazi- material he knows about. Herrmann, working for a great German magazine, pays for everything he can get, and so Fritz starts to write "Hitlers private daybook". The story covers a real event that happend in Germany in the middle of the eighties. Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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Der Film zum Buch vom Führer

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12 March 1992 (Germany)  »

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Schtonk!  »

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Near the end of the film, Dr. Lentz (Ulrich Mühe) sings a song at the party onboard the ship belongs to 'Hermann Willié'. The melody is taken from a famous German seaman-song of Hans Albers: "La Paloma"! See more »

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SS man: [upon unsuccessfully trying to incinerate the dead bodies of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun] He won't burn.
Obersturmbandführer: Who?
SS man: The Führer, Herr Oberstumbannführer, he won't burn.
Obersturmbandführer: Pour some gasoline over him then.
SS man: Gasoline? Over the Führer?
Obersturmbandführer: There is no more Führer.
SS man: Yes sir, Herr Obersturmbannführer!
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References Congress Dances (1931) See more »

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Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Enrique Batiz
Courtesy of Selected Sound Musikverlag
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One of the most brilliant German movies
1 April 2002 | by (Zutphen, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This film is a must see for everybody who heard of the Hitler diary affair. Although the real affair is larger then life, and, according to many even more absurd that the movie, it is a must see.

The DVD is excellent, and I have watched it over and over again. Scenes are excellent, the way Christiane Hörbiger is addressed by Götz George, over and over again by the title of her late husband. His obsession for detail in restoring the ship he bought and finding Nazi `nick-nacks' It is all just too much to mention. One thing though, the better you know German, and Germany, the better you will understand the in-jokes. A lot of the humour is very subtle, and even in the comments here is misunderstood. Karl Schönböck for instance just claims to be an intimate friend of the Führer, he never was really, he is an fake, just like the diary's. He is brilliant at it. When Uwe Ochsenknecht is selling a painting of Eva Braun he just painted, as an original, Karl Schönböck claims he was there when Hitler painted it. The film just goes on and on like a rollercoaster and it is just unbelievable that Stern fell for this one. When something sounds to good to be true, it is, is a wisdom many people do not seem to have. However, like in House of Games, David Mamets brilliant movie on how scams work, you cannot cheat an honest man.

See this movie, buy the T Shirt, read the book, and never trust somebody who wants to make you rich.


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